I realize this is totally a first-world diabetes problem. I have seen just one of the many places in the world where having any type or amount of test strip is a complete luxury.
I am having trouble deciding which test strip prescription to refill.
Until I got the VerioIQ about four months ago, I used OneTouch Ultra strips for years and years in various meters. My prescription coverage considers OneTouch a preferred brand so once the Verio strips were added to the plan (oddly enough – months after the meter itself was added) I switched to that meter.
A few months ago I won (sort of) the iBGStar in a contest. It came with ten strips but no prescription coverage at the time. I used a few strips on a plane ride and a few at Disneyworld. And then I ran out of strips.
It is time for me to refill my prescription so I checked the iBGStar coverage last week and the strips are now covered as a non-preferred brand.
During dinner with Martin last week we talked about how there is no perfect pump and no perfect meter. That’s probably why this decision is difficult for me. Each of the options have features I want but also features that are missing.
- As a preferred brand, $0 co-pay on my insurance.
- Compatible with the Ping so I can use the remote bolus feature as needed
- Information uploads into Diasend from Ping and UltraMini – a feature strongly preferred by my endo
- As a preferred brand, also a $0 co-pay
- The light on the test strip port is a thing of wonder
- Uploads into Diasend
- Before and after meal tagging so easy I’m actually doing it and being alerted to a few patterns
- Perceived improved accuracy over the Ultra strips
- Cuteness factor
- Very much a non-preferred brand, but with the Star Savings Program, I would only have to pay a $20 co-pay.
- Dude. There is an app for that.
- One less thing to carry. I’m feeling the burden of the quantity of devices right now.
My insurance will only let me fill one prescription at a time and I don’t have the out of pocket money afford to pay for the others on my own. Before the iBGStar became a possibility for me, my plan was to just switch back and forth between Ultra and Verio so that I would have a back-up supply to remote bolus as needed. I have a one box of Ultra now and just a few boxes of Verio left.
How do I decide between cost, compatibility, fancy patterns and lights, size, and all the other differences?
Why can’t I just merge them all into one perfect meter?