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I just wanted to pass this on for those like me who are new to diabetes or just want a new meter.

My Dr. gave me a free meter but I found out the test strips (with insurance) was $55 for 100. I did some research about how they really stick you with the price of strips.

I called my insurance company and asked what test strips from what company would be the cheapest under my insurance. I found out I could get a months supply for $25 if I used an Accu chek meter.

I checked out Accu chek online and found their customer service number. I figured I'd call and see if I could talk them into sending me a free meter. It wouldn't cost a thing to call and if they said no I'm not out anything.

They were real friendly and did indeed ship me out a new meter with the whole kit that goes with it for free. It came fed ex in two days.

To my surprize, with the meter came a card that says I can get a months supply of test strips for only $15 by using their card along with my insurance.

This sounded too good to be true so I called to make sure I was reading it right. I haven't tried it out yet but they said how ever many my Dr. prescribed for a month would only be $15.

Has anyone done this and is it true? If so I'm going to ask my Dr. to prescribe me enough so I can test as often as I would like to.

Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is find a meter that you want and call and see if the company will send you a free one. After all, they don't make money from the meters. It's the supplies that you have to buy that they get you on.

So go ahead and call for a free meter. Odds are they will be more then happy to send you one.

This may be old news for some but it might just save someone some money, I hope.

I'm a newbie and all this is new to me. Please be gentle :D
 

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That sure would be a sweet deal if it's good in perpetuity!! :D Just don't let 'em confiscate that card the first time you use it! ;)

Yeah, the price of strips is obscene! I still use the Walmart ReliOn meter, because even without insurance, 100 of their strips are only $39°°.
 

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I just wanted to pass this on for those like me who are new to diabetes or just want a new meter.

My Dr. gave me a free meter but I found out the test strips (with insurance) was $55 for 100. I did some research about how they really stick you with the price of strips.

I called my insurance company and asked what test strips from what company would be the cheapest under my insurance. I found out I could get a months supply for $25 if I used an Accu chek meter.

I checked out Accu chek online and found their customer service number. I figured I'd call and see if I could talk them into sending me a free meter. It wouldn't cost a thing to call and if they said no I'm not out anything.

They were real friendly and did indeed ship me out a new meter with the whole kit that goes with it for free. It came fed ex in two days.

To my surprize, with the meter came a card that says I can get a months supply of test strips for only $15 by using their card along with my insurance.

This sounded too good to be true so I called to make sure I was reading it right. I haven't tried it out yet but they said how ever many my Dr. prescribed for a month would only be $15.

Has anyone done this and is it true? If so I'm going to ask my Dr. to prescribe me enough so I can test as often as I would like to.

Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is find a meter that you want and call and see if the company will send you a free one. After all, they don't make money from the meters. It's the supplies that you have to buy that they get you on.

So go ahead and call for a free meter. Odds are they will be more then happy to send you one.

This may be old news for some but it might just save someone some money, I hope.

I'm a newbie and all this is new to me. Please be gentle :D
Your doctor probably has some free meters, you should ask, they get them for free. I have a collection of meters than I have gotten for free over the last 10 years. Many companies who make test strips are getting in on the action with providing customers with a incentive program and help with co-pays ect. You are so right when you say that they make their money on test strips. Saving on treating diabetes is really important today. Glad you got a meter for free :)!
 

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Hi Maverick, welcome!

I have always liked Accu-Chek meters but the strips aren't preferred on my insurance plan and was using a FreeStyle meter that had the preferred and affordable co-pay, but as soon as I saw that commercial about the discount card, I called wanting to switch back. How it works is they will cover the difference at the pharmacy to get your copay to $15.00 but not always. The max they will cover is $50.00 per prescription. Since they aren't preferred on my plan, my copay would be $70.00 :eek: so with the card I pay $20.00 and not the $15.00, but hey whats $5.00 more to get the strips I want..:D
 
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