New meter offers

By Tigereyze209 Latest Reply 2011-03-19 09:41:13 -0500
Started 2011-03-03 09:37:36 -0600

Ever since joining this web site, I have received several offers for "free" meters and test strips. While this is all well and good, as best as I can tell, none are interchangeable, and the truth is, your results can vary even if you use the same sample with two or more meters back to back.
Seems to me, the patterns of highs and lows are more relevant than any one particular reading.
I am kind of lost so am asking for advice on what folks here feel is about the best meter to have and use, and more importantly, what are the meters that folks should avoid using, as they just plain don't work?
I look forward to your replies. Seriously, I am impressed with the width and depth of the collective wisdom in this group.

21 replies

bizzach 2011-03-04 15:53:09 -0600 Report

I also started with a one touch ultra meter and i had to pay for strips, lancets,alcohol pads, and even syringes. Nothing was covered by my insurance. So i changed to an insulin pen which is covered and a company called us healthcare sent me meter and all supplies and does so monthly and bills my insurance and i dont even have a copay. I still keep a one touch mini in my purse though!

realsis77 2011-03-04 12:01:34 -0600 Report

What ever meter you choose always do a test with the dye that's provided to insure its reading correctly. Most good meters come with a red dye and you match the results to the back of your test strips and the results will tell you if your meter is low high or normal readings. As for my meter honestly, I go with what is covered by my insurance. Where the meter company's make there money is on the test strips and this can get very expensive. If I had a choice of meters and it was covered id use the contour usb meter. It has a built in software that plugs in to your computer and is extremely nice. However the strips are expensive. So I just stay with my little element meter because the supplies are fully covered by insurance. But if I had a choice the countour usb would be the way to go in my opnion. But for now I have to stay with what's covered. Insurance company's can get very strict on what they will pay for and since I have medicare well, I don't have much of a choice.but if you do have the option to choose and can afford it, go with the countour USB its such a nice meter!

melissa5786 2011-03-04 07:39:23 -0600 Report

I have a question; do I just go into my pharmacy and ask them which meters and strips are covered with my insurance? I have horrible insurance and I pay $58 every 2 weeks for test strips and I'm using the Rite-Aid brand. I have 2 other meters (Nova and Freestyle) but those strips cost a lot more than the generic, so I stuck with the Rite-Aid tools. I want a smaller, faster meter but I don't want to pay more for strips. Especially since my insulin is $50 a piece!

kdroberts 2011-03-04 08:24:32 -0600 Report

You will probably find your insurance company does not cover the rite aid brand so you are paying full price but will cover one or more brand names at a generic copay rate per month. Your pharmacy probably wont be able to tell you whats covered but you can go to your insurance company website or call them up and ask. They are usually listed in diagnostic devices. You may even find it works out very much cheaper going through your insurance mail order for a 90 day supply. For instance last year I was getting 900 OneTouch ultra strips every 90 days for $20. You will need a prescription to get insurance coverage though.

Swbtab03 2011-03-03 22:14:34 -0600 Report

I have a few meters myself from different resourses and I myself just changed recently to a bayer contour with no coding because this is the only one my insurance covers for the strips. I use to have a one touch ultra 2 I loved because I used to attach it to my computer and and would download my numbers weekly to track. But I got lucky and got the new usb-bayer electronic one and the no coding strips works for this meter and I love it attach right to computer and track it and see good and bad spots. As far as numbers I tried these few Iahve and never noticed a major change in numbers. Bottom line stick with what your insurance will give you, or most doctors offices,nutrionist classes, other places you can get the meters for free. Its all about who will pay for the strips.

LabRat90 2011-03-03 14:43:49 -0600 Report

I would look into what you can get through your insurance as these are particularly expensive. I think any of the meters are accurate enough because I think the trend is what's really important. I have the One Touch Ultra Smart at home for all my fasting numbers and a free One Touch Ultra Mini at work for emergencies. The Ultra Smart gives you the opportunity to add things like illnesses, vacations, dr visits and vitals, nutrition, exercise, etc. but the thing I like is the graphs. However, you can do the same thing by plotting your numbers on excel.

BandonBob 2011-03-03 10:50:34 -0600 Report

The VA picks my meter and I get no say in it. The good news is that that and my test strips are free. The bad news is that they only believe in testing 3 times a week un less your BG is out of control. so I have to purchase test strips to test when I want.

Tigereyze209 2011-03-03 18:17:19 -0600 Report

I also get my meter and strips through the VA, and they only cover my testing once every three days, though my diabetic consultant wants me to test at lest once a day, just at different times, to see if we can get a pattern of my highs and lows. Ironically, they gave me a Freestyle freedom, and the stores around here only carry test strips for the freestyle light. Good lord, almost 100 bucks for a pack of 50 strips., and they are not interchangeable, even if I bought them. I guess that is why the "freebies" look good to me. Most of the meters are pretty cheap, it is the cost of the strips that break my budget, and unless you count VA, I don't have any insurance.

BandonBob 2011-03-03 20:30:07 -0600 Report

I know what you mean. I only have my SS so the only other option is medicare but they have all the co-pays which I can't afford. Epecially the medicine.

kdroberts 2011-03-03 10:54:19 -0600 Report

Everyone always has a say in what meter they use. The problem comes in when you want to have the cost subsidized or paid for completely. At that point you understandably have to go by the rules of the person who is picking up the tab.

BandonBob 2011-03-03 20:30:50 -0600 Report

If you have the money you have a choice. When you are only getting SS you have to take what you can get.

Tigereyze209 2011-03-03 10:26:18 -0600 Report

Wow! I had no idea I'd get replies so quickly! Thanks, appreciated.

jayabee52 2011-03-03 10:37:38 -0600 Report

If your insurance co (if any) has a preference, you can use that. The thing about "free" meters is that they give you a meter and then to use it beyond the 10 strips they usually give you, you have to pay for the strips. I myself have found that buying a meter for about $20 and having lower priced strips has saved me money over the long run. The cost of some strips for meters you get "free" is way more expensive. You end up paying for the free meter through the cost of the strips.

I use True Track meters through Walgreens. I have heard through other discussions that the Reli-on brand is also accurate and the strips inexpensive.

Tigereyze209 2011-03-03 18:21:02 -0600 Report

I used the true track for years until for some reason, the drug stores in this area stopped carrying them and replaced it with true test and true results, which of course, cost more than the true track did.

jayabee52 2011-03-03 19:02:04 -0600 Report

I think I remember a discussion where someone said they were able to find strips for True track meters online. I know that walgreens carry True track meters and strips.

MAYS 2011-03-03 10:08:54 -0600 Report

I agree with KDRoberts, choosing a blood glucose meter is a very personal choice.
You may want to do some research on blood glucose meters, compare the features of the various meters (price, cost of test strips, ease of use, etc.) and discuss this with your doctor.

This link may be of some help to you concerning blood glucose meters:


jayabee52 2011-03-03 10:13:49 -0600 Report

sometimes it may not be up to you to pick the best meter for you. It is what the insurance co will pay for (if you have insurance). Most meters do an adequate job, from my perspective.

kdroberts 2011-03-03 10:01:46 -0600 Report

It's really personal choice based on features of the meter. There are some independent studies that show the OneTouch Ultra line may be slightly more accurate than others and some that show Wavesense technology is the best but each manufacturer will claim theirs is as good or more accurate than others.

Ultimately the choice comes down to what features you want and how much it will cost you to use.

mexish 2011-03-19 09:41:13 -0500 Report

I am using the Bayer Contour. My problem is keeping track of my numbers to show my doctor so he can track my b/g. You can buy a cable to connect to your computer and the program is free to download from Bayer. It will track 3 months of your b/g. I have also just purchased the BAYER CONTOUR.USB witch uses the same strips as the contour. It is like a memory stick that just plugs in to your usb port on your computer. It also uses the same program. You should do your research on price though. I found that one pharmacy sold it for $75.00 and another pharmacy just across the street sold it for $29.00. You can also get coupons from $5.00 to $25.00. The only problem I see with the Contour.usb is you can not change the battery in it, once the rechargeable battery has run it course you have to replace the whole meter. I know that a lot of you can't afford this. I am fortunate to have a good paying job that provides me with good insurance.