While there are technically no free devices, an individual may be able to claim a monitoring device on his or her insurance plan, although this may mean he or she are restricted to particular types or models as decided by the insurance company. Even a basic blood sugar meter can be extremely useful for anyone with diabetes, notes Mayo Clinic.
Depending on the insurance policy, it is also important to note that some insurance providers may actually limit the amount of test strips that can be claimed. If this is the case, an individual may be better off simply buying a meter without an insurance claim.
Purchasing a meter has a number of advantages compared to a claim. The individual can take the time to assess the best model for his or her needs, and choose a meter he or she is comfortable with and able to read clearly. Cheaper models covered by insurance may be uncomfortable to use, for example.
Some meters are also able to download readings onto a mobile phone, tablet or computer, which makes emailing the doctor with the results a simple process and reduces the need to keep regular written logs.
It may be the case that test strips are more expensive for more advanced meters and making use of insurance coverage may limit the costs of maintaining a meter, at least initially.