Let’s face it, diabetes is a very costly disease and we all want to save money and get the best deals. Since our children have had type 1 diabetes, we file our medical expenses on our tax returns each year. Depending on your insurance, your costs can vary greatly, but the costs are outrageous and soaring. Consider yourself very blessed if you pay little for your insulin, test strips, and pump supplies.
Here are some of the best ways I have saved money buying diabetes supplies:
- This is by far the absolute best resource I know for children. It is not only for children with diabetes, but any child needing help with a medical condition.
- Both of my children qualified and received $2500 per child each year for a period of three years.
- Check out the website for how to qualify, but the income is much higher than other resources.
- You must have commercial insurance, but it does not have to be United Healthcare.
Drug Coupons/ Test-strip coupons:
- Most of the brand name test-strips and insulins have co-pay cards. Be sure to ask your doctor for one or go to the brand website to print.
- Be sure you have a prescription for the test-strips. Even though you can buy these over-the-counter, your insurance will usually cover them if you have a prescription.
- Unfortunately, the insurance companies can dictate which meds you use. If you want the best price, call your insurance to find out what strip and meter and what insulins you need to be using.
- You may need to verify at the beginning of the year if the preferred drug or strip has changed and get new prescriptions.
Mail-order versus retail pharmacy:
- Find out the prices of what is your best route to buy insulin and strips.
- With mail-order, some insurances can send a 90 day supply for much less than a 30 day.
- One con to insulin and a mail-order pharmacy is the temperature. Insulin cannot get hot, so many people opt (myself included) to pay more by getting it at a retail pharmacy. For myself, the price is not much better than the mail-order. If it was a significant difference I would probably do mail order. The times I have done mail-order, the insulin was still cool and in a cooler with a freezer pac.
- Unfortunately, the quick-acting and long-lasting insulins are not made in generic, so try the above method of using copay cards.
- If the insulin prices are absolutely out of your price range, consider asking your doctor about Regular and NPH insulin. These are older and generic insulins. They work differently and have different action times so you may need to change your doses or pump settings.
Compare prices on Amazon
- These are some of the diabetes things I have found that are less expensive for us on Amazon:
- As a bonus, if you have a college student, they get a discount Amazon Prime membership!
- Skin-Tac: this is the best stuff I’ve found for helping infusion sites stay stuck! It is a very sticky adhesive wipe.
- Contour Next: you can get 300 strips for $63. This is better than what I would pay if we used insurance. I have never had a problem with bad strips or out of date strips.
- True-Test strips to go with the True 2 Go Meter
- Our favorite extra meter! True 2 Go Meter : This is a vial with a built in meter and a little lancet all in one!
- Freestyle Strips
- One Touch
- When we are getting close to running out of strips, I will compare prices of different brands and use whichever is the least cost.
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Hope this gives you some ideas on how to save money on your diabetic supplies. Leave a comment on how you save money and share on Facebook or Pin for later reference!