Diabetes is a serious chronic illness that affects an estimated 37 million Americans.
It’s also an expensive condition to manage.
From insulin and test strips to blood glucose meters and needles, the out-of-pocket cost for diabetes supplies can add up to hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars each year.
To reduce those high prices, here are some tips on how to get the diabetes supplies you need for less.
How to Save Money on Diabetes Test Strips and Blood Glucose Meters
If you have diabetes, it’s important to test your blood sugar at least two or three times a day.
All those test strips get pricey.
Sometimes purchasing test strips with your insurance can actually cost more, not less.
- Compare prices. If you use insurance, one particular brand of test strips may be cheaper than another. Check with your insurance company to see if they have a preferred brand.
- Cut pharmacy costs. Several diabetes supply companies offer co-pay cards that can lower your out-of-pocket cost at the pharmacy. Mail order subscription services are another way to save.
- Look for coupons. It’s smart to shop around. Using digital coupons from a service like GoodRx can also help lower the cost, especially if you don’t have insurance.
- Try a different brand. Another option is Walmart’s brand ReliOnwhich sells 100 test strips for $18. The strips work with ReliOn devices, which range from $9 to $20.
Copay Cards for Test Strips and Meters
Manufacturers of blood glucose meters and test strips offer copay cards that can help lower your cost at the pharmacy.
- LifeScan’s OneTouch strips: With LifeScan’s Automatic Savings Program, you can get 100 OneTouch test strips for $25. You must be enrolled in a prescription plan that doesn’t cover OneTouch strips to qualify for the copay card. You can’t be enrolled in a government health insurance program.
- Ascensia’s Contour meters and strips: Eligible privately insured or cash-paying patients pay the first $25 for up…