Living with diabetes blog

Tips for cutting costs of blood glucose test strips

By Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E. May 1, 2015

Many of you have expressed frustration with the high cost of blood glucose testing supplies, more specifically test strips.

Some of you aren't testing as frequently as recommended because of the high cost. So what can you do about it? Here are some suggestions in the United States:

  • Check with insurance or Medicare. Your insurance or Medicare will help to cover the cost of test strips if you have a prescription. Check with them, they may have a contract with a different meter company and you may be paying more than you have to for your test strips.
  • Check with your blood glucose meter company. Many companies have programs or discount cards to help with the cost of testing supplies. The number should be on the back of your meter.
  • Take advantage of military services. Establish care at a veterans medical center near you. Check with your military insurance for coverage. Your cost should be minimal.
  • Ask your store. Store chains usually have non-branded meters and testing supplies at a lower cost than the branded meter you are using.
  • Check with social services in your area for other resources near you.

Any other suggestions are welcome! Have a good week.

May 01, 2015