“More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or pre-diabetes,” according to a new report released (2017) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that, “as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have pre-diabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.” There are some indicators that show this number is starting to level off and in truth the dramatic increase in numbers may be related to the awareness of the medical community. Regular testing for the disease is now part of every patient’s routine checkup. As a result more people than ever before fit frequent glucose monitoring into their daily life.
Monitoring blood sugar is a quick and easy way to help self-manage diabetes care but though the monitors alone aren’t usually expensive the testing strips can be. Add to this the cost of lancets, alcohol wipes, finger bandages, and gauze and it can strain the average American’s budget.
In most cases health insurance plans will cover the cost of the glucose meter (or glucometer) and the necessary supplies like strips and lancets. The key is to make sure your Healthcare Provider orders the kind of machine your insurance prefers. Keep in mind that the preferred brand can change, and often does so at the beginning of the year, so be sure to ask your pharmacist if the machine and supplies are covered before you buy them. If the co-pay is still too expensive on the brand of machine your company prefers you don’t have to use that machine. There are lower priced over the counter glucose meters (or glucometers) on the market with equally affordable strips. Walmart carries its own in-store brand and other name brands that are affordable and acceptable choices.
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