You can do as I did and get a Prestige IQ meter with 300 strips for $104 and free shipping. The meter uses regualr AA batteries and is very acurate. Not only that, the replacement strips are only about
30¢ each. Works for me... As far as the insurance goes... I'm still looking for catastrophic insurance only. I need something in case I have to go to the hospital but I'm willing to pay for all my doctor visits and meds. I use the $4 prescripiton thing at walmart for most of my generic meds and I purchase some of my meds from a mail order company from a far away
location. (If you want to know more about
that please email me - jeannie143 at gmail dot com)
I've been without insurance for about
two years now... just limping along trying to hang on. My doctor always asks me if I am "still insurancically challenged" and we laugh. She only orders specific tests that I need and also has gone back to some older meds for me because they are affordable in the $4 generic version. We both have learned that I don't need the newest and best meds anyway... Two of them I've been on have been recalled for heart problems anyway!
And as far as the outdated drugs goes... I've been using my whole bottle of Lantus instead of tossing it when 28 days are up. doc said as long as my sugars are ok then the Lantus must be working. She told me to keep it refridgerated and use it all. So far this year (at $90 a bottle) I've probably saved $360 on Lantus alone. I have a very understanding doctor.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
=================="People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in
, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 6/9/2007 12:59:15 PM (GMT-6)