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worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/8/2016 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
After talking with my insurance I found that my insurance will cover a 90 day supply of 4 tests a day, 400 strips for 21.43. Right now I'm paying 17.88 for 100 strips and lasts about 2 to 3 weeks. So cheaper. I've decided I want the one touch verio iq meter. It gives you a notification of your sugars are running high or low and when. It is also rechargeable. Some ratings are high in reviews and some are low but that is the only meter that I have found that does what I want it to do. Which is track my patterns. Could eliminate the need for logging in an app. I want a meter that does more than give me my readings. I want a meter that makes things easier for me. I sent an email to my Dr to see if she will put a prescription in for it but she may make me wait. I hope not because this will be cheaper in the long run. Even takes less blood which may help with less pricking. For some reason I don't always bleed the first time I use the Lancet and only 2 fingers seem to bleed enough for a sample which means sore fingers. Does anyone else have the verio iq and what are your thoughts
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

MusicForLife
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   Posted 2/9/2016 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Sadly, I end up buying most of my meter supplies at Walmart or online. It's actually cheaper than buying them through my insurance! Last year I spent almost $50 for only 50 strips... I won't be doing that again.
So are you looking for a device that has cheap strips or one that is pretty advanced? I'm sorry, I've just been using my meter, it seems fairly standard, it reads my sugar and saves my readings for me.
If you do end up getting the verio meter, best wishes!

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/9/2016 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Here is the list of the ten best meters from Consumers Reports for 2015:

"2015 Consumer Reports review of today’s glucose meter technology. The first nine of these meters scored as “excellent” in accuracy and “above 80 out of 100” for their overall assessment.

Here are the top 10 recommended meters:
1. FreeStyle Lite: $20 for the meter with an annual cost of $2410 at 4 strips per day
2. FreeStyle Freedom Lite: $20 for the meter with an annual cost of $2410 at 4 strips per day
3. Bayer Contour Next: $20 for the meter with an annual cost of $1460 at 4 strips per day
4. Walgreens True Metrix: $22 for the meter with an annual cost of $1225 at 4 strips per day
5. Bayer Breeze 2: $25 for the meter with an annual cost of $1900 at 4 strips per day
6. Up & Up Blood Glucose Meter from Target: $15 for the meter with an annual cost of $525 at 4 strips per day
7. Accu-Chek Aviva Plus: $30 for the meter with an annual cost of $2115 at 4 strips per day
8. ReliOn Micro from Walmart: $15 for the meter with an annual cost of $525 at 4 strips per day
9. Accu-Chek Compact Plus: $75 for the meter with an annual cost of $2030 at 4 strips per day
10. ReliOn Ultima from Walmart: $15 for the meter with an annual cost of $525 at 4 strips per day"

This was posted on https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/2015/06/consumer-reports-glucose-meter-ratings-2015/[url].

Walmart's ReliOn brand has several different models and you have to buy the strips that match the meter.

I use the OneTouch and it works well for me. It has 'trends', post-meal averages, general averages, etc. but to be honest I don't use all that. I just check the general averages for a week or month.
Lanie

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metformin
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Lanie G
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   Posted 2/9/2016 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
The figures for annual cost for the test strips are based on over the counter cost. Insurance coverage varies, of course. My insurance covers OneTouch but if I wanted to use another brand they would allow me to do that at a higher cost to me which would be lower than over the counter.

I don't know anything about Verio IQ meter, so I can't comment on it. If you Google meters or the meters' names, you'll find various sites that rate them.
Lanie

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metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/9/2016 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I have been using Wal-Mart but based on the insurance price and Wal-Mart I would spend 35 a month at Wal-Mart or 21.43 every 3 months for one touch with insurance. I will at the beginning of the year have to pay 100 to start with but then after that 21.43 so I would save more for the one touch
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/9/2016 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Dr won't do the prescription for the strips and meter until I see her next week. I'm frustrated because it's not like I'm needing diagnosed. We already know I'm diabetic. I want this meter now while I can because next week I may not be able to get it.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/9/2016 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, I'm sorry she won't prescribe it before you see her. It's not a medication and you're already using a meter. I don't understand her reasoning. Why is there a possibility you couldn't get the meter next week?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/9/2016 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Never know what bills may come up. Its rediculous. She better not refuse to write me a prescription for it
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/9/2016 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Would there be a reason for a Dr to deny a prescription for a meter and strips
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/9/2016 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
If you've been diagnosed as diabetic and prescribed metformin, I don't see why or how a doctor would not prescribe a meter! I was prescribed a meter ten years ago before I was put on metformin.

As I wrote before, though, my insurance preferred a particular meter (at that time it was the Bayer Contour) so that's what I was sent and the test strips were part of the prescription which made them inexpensive. Years later when they decided to change to One Touch I was told that if I wanted to continue with the other meter, I could but the test strips would be more expensive than before although cheaper than if I bought them on my own.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Post Edited (LanieG) : 2/9/2016 8:14:14 PM (GMT-7)


worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/9/2016 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I checked with my insurance and the meter and strips are covered. If I get a 90 day supply it will be cheaper than a 30 day supply. 21.43 for a 90 day supply vs 35 a month. That will equal a 420 dollar savings a year. I don't understand why she won't do it now and making me wait until next week. Its not like it is medicine
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/10/2016 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry. I'm sure you're frustrated...
Lanie

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metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/10/2016 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
So it turns out through my insurance company I am eligible for the diabetic meter program which will get me a free meter every year. They are going to get the process started just told me to contact my doctor to let them know. So yes I will still have to wait til next week for my meter because it comes through the mail but for 400 strips will cost me 21.43 and 400 lancets will cost me about 7.49 and the meter free. This way saves me $7.00 off my cost originally and then overall versus what I'm paying yearly 420. And I can get a free meter each year.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/10/2016 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you! But really - a new meter every year? That's a waste of money! These meters last and last! In any case, glad your insurance is backing you up.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 2/10/2016 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have to take it but if a better meter comes out I can upgrade or if the meter doesn't charge right I can or I can order a different meter and have a backup. It works great for me because I save either way.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 1500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/10/2016 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I see. Your insurance seems really good!
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

MusicForLife
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   Posted 2/15/2016 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that list of the annual cost for strips was eye-opening. I have spent hundreds on my supplies, and that's with insurance. That's depressing! I hope in the future the price starts lowering since there are so many diabetics out there.

Ringer4
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   Posted 3/15/2016 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I must have really good insurance because all my diabetic supplies are free...It's part of my insurance package. I am very lucky. Medical costs are outrageous enough. It would seem that with more chronic conditions supplies should be free of charge. I do have copays though for any meds I may have to take in the future.
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