Several people in my family have diabetes and so obtaining free diabetes supplies is a top priority for us. And my family is not alone; according to the American Diabetes Association over 23.6 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes. Because of this high number, there are many free resources available.
Things You Will Need
A drugstore with a rewards program
Any health insurance cards you own
One of the easiest ways to score free diabetes supplies is by purchasing glucose meters through drugstores. Drugstores such as CVS and Walgreens offer free after rebate glucose meters, or offer credit to spend in their store that make the diabetes meters free. Free glucose meters include Bayer Contour, Bayer's Breeze, Accu-Chek Aviva, One Touch Meter, and Freestyle Lite Meter.
Having an ID on you so that others may identify that you have Diabetes can be very important in case you end up with an emergency, in an accident, etc. There are many free resources for medical identification jewelry, including a free identification necklace
, and a printable diabetes identification card that you can laminate and keep in your wallet.
It is very difficult to find free testing strips, which can be the most expensive aspect of having diabetes. There are a few varieties of glucose meters that come with free testing strips to begin with (usually only 10), so when you pick up your free glucose meters (from above), look for ones that come with free testing strips. You may also wish to talk with your doctor to see if they can give you free samples of testing strips to get you started. Many doctors' offices receive free samples, so don't be afraid to ask. A great place to receive discounted testing strips is to purchase them off of eBay. Make sure you purchase from a reputable seller with good feedback, and also make sure your package of testing strips has not been opened when you receive it. I just did a quick eBay search while writing this, and I see 120 testing strips for $9.99 with free shipping.
Diabetic recipes are very important in your maintenance of diabetes, and fortunately there are many free diabetes cookbooks
and recipe websites offered by both the government as well as blogs from regular people who are here to help you manage your diet.
Perhaps the easiest way to get your free diabetes supplies is to call your health insurance company (if you have one) and see what is available to you. If you are on Medicare, Medicaid, etc., you will definitely want to check out what your benefits are. If you do not have health insurance, there are discount prescription drug cards you can get for free that can give you discounts on medical supplies.
I hope I have shown you above that you can manage both your diabetes as well as your medical costs.
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