What a lot of diabetics don’t realize is that you may be eligible to get free Diabetic supplies, the criteria is different for receiving these supplies and will depend on which part of the world that you live and if you do have some form of insurance. For this article I have referenced sites for both United States and Australia, and discuss in more detail further on.
Being a diabetic you already know the importance of keeping accurate blood glucose readings tracked a regular basis. To perform these simple tests you need the availability of your diabetic testing supplies including an accurate test strips, alcohol wipes, lancets, and of course glucometer.
Info on free diabetic supplies:
Whether you purchase or you receive free diabetic supplies greatly depends on what type of insurance you have. Medicare and Medicaid will cover most of these expenses, but will only cover so much within a certain time period. However, if you misplace your testing kit, or your glucometer goes through the wash, you may not be able to get more free diabetic supplies if it is too soon according to the standards set by your insurance plan.
What you need to be aware of is if you do not qualify to receive free diabetic supplies by not meeting their criteria the cost of your diabetic supplies can be expensive, then the next option that you may wish to explore is that you may want to shop around to find the best deal to save you money.
For bigger discount on supplies you could:
• Shop around online to get the best deal
• Buy in bulk to receive bigger savings
• If the companies are local you could also ask for a discount if you
pay with cash.
You will find online medical supply stores such as the one that is mentioned on American Diabetes at http://www.americandiabetes.com/diabetes or if in Australia a similar service is available with National Diabetes Service Scheme at http://www.ndss.com.au/.
These advertisers give useful information on diabetic supplies options as well as someone that is readily available to answer any questions you may have regarding products and they carry and deliver and also further information on how to qualify for free diabetic supplies.
In some cases to secure your business mail order companies also may offer free shipping, and customers can order up to a three month supply of supplies at a time, so that there is always plenty on hand and a bigger discount may also apply.
I can’t stress enough the importance of always having the appropriate diabetic supplies on hand just goes without saying. Part and parcel of managing this disease is monitoring blood glucose levels on a regular basis or as regularly as directed by your health care providers, and in order to do this you must have your diabetic supplies readily accessible and available to you.
The result of not testing enough is the following things can happen. Blood glucose levels can either be too low or too high, and the proper intervention must be taken. Without taking a blood glucose reading it is impossible to know how much insulin is needed for an insulin dependent diabetic, or if current treatment strategies are working.
This disease is totally manageable providing you do what is necessary to avoid any complications down the line. There really is no excuse for not testing regularly especially if you are lucky enough to be receiving free diabetic supplies.