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How to Save on Diabetic Supplies

Diabetic Supplies



 
Diabetic supplies are usually expensive and hard to find. Supplies and devices like insulin pumps, lancets, monitors, testing strips, syringes and insulin are some of the materials needed by the person who has diabetes. Purchasing these items through your local pharmacy from time to time can cost you too much aside from the fact that it is exhausting. Given these reasons you might be wondering if there’s a way that you can buy all of these diabetic supplies in a lower price without sacrificing the product's quality. And because we wanted to help you, in this article, we will show you methods that might help you saves money in buying diabetic supplies.





Frequent Supplies Needed Diabetics


Before we proceed to the section that will teach you in various ways on how to save money from buying diabetic supplies, let’s review the most common “goods” that are needed to manage diabetes.

  • Insulin (as prescribed)
  • Blood glucose meter
  • Lancets
  • Testing strips
  • Medications (hypoglycemic medications)
  • Syringes (for insulin injection)
  • Insulin pump
  • Insulin pen (pre-filled insulin injection)
  • Glucagon (in case of severe hypoglycemia)

Simple Ways to Save on Diabetic Supplies

  • Generics - Various prescription drugs can be acquired in generic forms. These products are almost half the price compared to those medications that are branded. You can talk to your doctor regarding this option to guide you in choosing the generic drug that has the same potency as your prescription drug.
  • Utilize Medicare - The patient's Medicare may cover up-to 20% of the patient’s diabetic supplies such as the strips, monitors, lancets, and insulin. Depending on the amount, laboratory and doctor's visit might be included as well on the 20% discount.
  • Free Samples - Companies that manufacture diabetic products usually offer free diabetic supplies as part of their promotional plan. You may try to ask your physician about these "freebies," which can save you a substantial amount of money. Additionally, if you attend seminars like the conventions that American Diabetes Association Expo are organizing, samples will definitely be given to those who attend the said conventions.
  • Try to compare different Providers - In case a blood-glucose monitor was provided by a certain manufacturer for free, you should take time to examine the price of lancets and strips for that particular monitor. This is important because in the long run, the price of the lancets and strips may cost you even more, and it may end-up that the free meter was not free after all. On the other hand, if you're the type of person that had chosen to use "generic" drugs over the branded drugs to save money, it is advisable that you run series of “test" dose to check the meters accuracy before you buy the entire prescription.
  • Online Store - The competitions between the online-store are tough when it comes to diabetic supplies. This only means that this is the place where the greatest bargains usually occur. However, you should consider how far is the location of the online store from your current address, because a bargain is probably not a bargain once the "high-cost" for shipment or delivery is included in the final purchase. And if your buying insulin, make it sure that it is stored in a cold compartment throughout the shipping process to retain its effectiveness.

Always remember that you need sufficient amount of diabetic supplies for you to ensure that your blood sugar level is within normal range. In case that you experience any deviation on your blood sugar levels, you should take the right initiative to follow your doctor's instruction in correcting any kind of changes. And always remember that
there’s nothing wrong in finding ways to save some money in buying diabetic supplies. This will give you benefit for your health and this will help you with your financial incapacity to sustain your needs.





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