Are there ways to get a free meter?
You may be able to get free meters from your doctor’s office or by using a mail-in rebate provided on the blood glucose meter box. If you have insurance, most meters are covered by your insurance as long as the doctor writes a prescription for it. It is best to check with your insurance company as to which meter they prefer you use. If a preferred meter is used, the insurance company will cover it, but if you buy one that is not its preferred one, you may have to pay for it out of pocket. Once you get the meter, the cost of the strips is where the real expense is. Blood glucose strips cost about $1.00 each, so it will be important for you to get a meter that is preferred by your insurance company. If you are self-pay, the generic meters put out by big box stores or by chain pharmacies may be a better option for you.