Glucose Meter & Test Strips
- Nov. 27, 2012 -
The cost of Diabetes has rises considerably with each passing year. In 2007, according to the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/AAG/ddt.htm)
, the total costs of diabetes was 174 billion dollars. Various studies show that diabetics pay an average of 6,000 a year managing the disease. Many diabetics are finding new ways to save through various avenues. One of the most popular is through the internet. By searching for supplies like test strips and glucose meters on websites such as Amazon.com
, you can literally save 25% or more. Another option is purchasing through local DME(Durable Medical Equipment) companies. These companies work directly with your insurance company to provide you low cost equipment that is usually shipped directly to your door. Some organizations have programs set up to lower your annual diabetes testing supply costs. Steps To Success(http://www.steps-to-success.org)
, a Diabetes Education & Management organization in the D.C area, has developed a low cost option for diabetics around the world called the Economy Program.
This program not only covers the cost of a glucose meter, test strips(available in 50, 100, 150 and 200 count), It also provides access to their certified diabetes educator for a low monthly payment(their lowest plan starts at 13.99 a month). The International plan is similar, but it comes in increments of 3, 6 and 12 months. This way, someone overseas can receive a nice package of supplies(a 3 month supply is 600 test strips - 200 strips a month) and they won't have to worry about running out due to strip error and other issues. Not only do they provide the test strips, but the lancets as well. They do all of this while still staying at least 25% lower than major retailers such as Walmart and CVS.
Utilizing services such as these can cut annual diabetes testing supply costs nearly in half. All it takes is a little drive, and a little searching on the internet.Photo: