SOS: Save on self-care
Have you ever felt like you had to choose between diabetes supplies and other expenses? It's a scary proposition, as we know that not being able to test your blood sugar can increase the risk of low blood sugar and affect your ability to manage diabetes properly.1
What can you do if you find yourself tempted to cut back on your diabetes self-care? Here are 7 ideas that may help.
- Don't try to save money by skipping necessary blood sugar checks. You may wind up with a few extra dollars per day in your pocket, but your blood sugar can easily get back on the roller coaster.1 As a result, you're likely to feel pretty lousy and you may wind up testing more in order to get back on track. Add a trip to the emergency room, lost days at work and long-term damage to your health, and you haven't come out ahead.
- Find out if the manufacturers of any of the drugs you're taking offer patient assistance or discount programs.
- Get the maximum value from the blood sugar checks you perform. Your numbers don't mean anything unless you know how to interpret and act on the results. However, if you use your numbers to improve your blood sugar control, you may be able to save money in the long run by avoiding or minimizing the effects of long-term complications.
- Ask your doctor about ways to save on prescriptions—for diabetes and other medications. Ask about generic options or combination drugs, free samples and whether you can split pills.2 Perhaps there are older, less expensive brands on the market that will work for you.
- Seek out free education. Look into education or incentive programs offered by your insurance carrier or pharmacy. Or visit a health fair or expo sponsored by the American Diabetes Association or local hospital to learn about the latest treatments, get freebies and rebates, and walk away feeling motivated.
- Make the most of your employer-sponsored flexible spending account or cafeteria plan. Chances are, you know what you spend each month on diabetes and other health supplies, so it's unlikely that you'll lose your contribution at the end of the year. Talk to your human resources manager for details.
- Be careful about advice you read online. While it is free, it's not always reliable. Reading tales of people weaning themselves off medications may be inspiring, but they may not be true—and their ideas can be dangerous for you.
If you're having trouble paying for test strips, we may be able to help. With the Accu-Chek Guide SimplePay savings card, you can get the same low price for test strips every month, without insurance.3,4
You may also want to sign up for the Accu-Chek To experience, where you can receive testing supplies by mail for a low monthly fee. Visit the individual program pages for all the details.
1Ellingson L, Parkin C. On the bus or under the bus? The current healthcare system is endangering elderly diabetes patients. J Diabetes Metab Disord Control. 2015, 2(1): 00028. Available at: http://medcraveonline.com/JDMDC/JDMDC-02-00028.pdf. Accessed August 14, 2017.
2WebMD. Dos and don'ts for saving money on Rx drugs. Available at: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/saving-money-on-your-prescri.... Accessed August 14, 2017.
3THE CARD IS NOT INSURANCE; IT IS A CASH DISCOUNT PROGRAM AND CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY FORM OF HEALTH INSURANCE. Those insured by any government healthcare program, such as Medicare, Medicaid, the military or VA, are NOT eligible for this offer. Insurers may offer a lower cost option. 30- or 90-day Accu-Chek Guide test strip prescription required. Limit 12 vials per refill. Refills cannot be dispensed before 75% of previous days’ supply have elapsed. Program may be changed or discontinued at any time.
4Discount varies based on quantity of test strips purchased. See card for details.