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Old 08-26-2017, 08:11   #1
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I have been a diabetic for around 7 years and I am stunned by the blatant rip-off that is BGL monitoring.

Essentially we test a drop of blood to find out our glucose levels.

The strips have been around for that entire time yet the price has only risen never fallen. This cannot be right given economies of scale, that it is old technology and surely they can be manufactured more economically.

It seems companies are great at developing NEW monitors that fail diabetics at the most basic level:

1) the new monitor links to your computer/phone - BUT you cannot control the data and it stays within the companies app - FAIL - I can write/type so the data is mine and always has been

2) The new monitor is more accurate and reliable - BUT the test strips cost more - FAIL - I am looking for lower costs not paying more and more for what I already have.

It seems to me that Governments/ Health funds would save billions by devising their own monitoring systems where consumables were inexpensive and affordable by all.

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I get your point, except having the 'Government' get involved (any more than they already are) will never reduce the costs or improve/maintain quality! Best examples are Medicare and Social Security....they are both totally screwed up....

Free market is always the answer....I 'shop' my strips on Amazon and have been able to keep the price down at or below 16 cents each! Been pay that or more for over 11 years.....I have not seen a price increase, but I have to shop to get the best price....I am using a Tru Metrix Pro....

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I get your point, except having the 'Government' get involved (any more than they already are) will never reduce the costs or improve/maintain quality! Best examples are Medicare and Social Security....they are both totally screwed up....

Free market is always the answer....I 'shop' my strips on Amazon and have been able to keep the price down at or below 16 cents each! Been pay that or more for over 11 years.....I have not seen a price increase, but I have to shop to get the best price....I am using a Tru Metrix Pro....
Without devolving this thread to a political one, I will note simply that I've never heard of anyone turning down Medicare or Social Security. Apparently both programs have their fans.

But I agree that, right now, the free market is the answer. When I was sent to diabetes education class, I was told to bring my meter. I didn't have one, so I did some research and bought the one I'm still using.

Even a little research showed me that most companies use the razor/printer model: the hardware is sold cheap because they make it up on consumables (blades, ink cartridges). It's the same with BG meters and strips. During the time you use meter, the cost of strips typically will far outweigh the cost of the meter. So why buy -- or accept "for free" from your provider -- a meter which will cost you many times its price in strips? I didn't. Mine is not a big-brand-name meter but it does what I want/need it to and I trust it.

I order my strips in bulk on-line (a couple hundred at a time) and pay 23 cents apiece for them, shipped to my door. I probably could save more by buying more at one time. I also haven't tried div2live's ebay routine; maybe they'd be even cheaper there.

Anyway, the point is that it may make sense for you to switch to a different meter for which the strips don't cost so much. And then to write your insurance company asking why they cover purchasing meters but not enough strips to make them useful. Squeaky wheels, etc.

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I understand Americans have a range of choices. In Australia not so much. I have not seen much choice at all and the prices seem fixed at around $50 per 100 strips whatever meter you choose and from what I have seen there are about 2 companies. There is choice for more expensive strips but nothing less expensive that I have seen.

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I understand Americans have a range of choices. In Australia not so much. I have not seen much choice at all and the prices seem fixed at around $50 per 100 strips whatever meter you choose and from what I have seen there are about 2 companies. There is choice for more expensive strips but nothing less expensive that I have seen.
I shop eBay for my test strips. Got tired of all the doctor/pharmacy/medicare red tape. Easier if I just buy them myself as I don't test but once or twice a week anymore. With that said:

A lot of test-strip sellers will ship using what's called the Global Shipping Program. For instance on eBay, a bottle of 50 True Metrix test strips going for $5.99 USD will cost you $13.99 USPS First Class Mail International / First Class Package International Service. That's about 40 a strip USD. But...if you bought 10 boxes (Exp. Aug 21st 2018) here's your numbers:

10 boxes: $59.99
Shipping: $40.90
Total: $100.89

$100.89 500 strips = 20 a strip. Or 25 a strip AUD. Heck, Walmart ReliOn test strips in the 50 box are 18 a strip in America...and those are the cheapest you can get.

Something to think about.

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I did miss the location the OP provided -- Sydney (beautiful city, or at least it was when I visited some 25 years ago). That will make a difference in choices.

wayne, if you cannot find someone who will ship globally, do you have a friend in the U.S. who might forward to you a box of a few hundred strips?

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