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How can you get free diabetic testing supplies?

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Free diabetic testing supplies can be acquired through a good insurance plan, or for those who meet the qualifications, through Medicaid or Medicare, according to Battlediabetes.com. Some pharmaceutical companies may provide free testing supplies, requiring the individual to make phone calls to locate these companies.

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Searching the Internet is the first step to find either programs or free offers for diabetic testing supplies, notes Battlediabetes.com. Some websites may give the patient a free limited offer, while others offer to handle the paperwork for the individual's insurance company to order the supplies. Local hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics may offer programs for recurring items such as diabetes test strips. Others may offer lower-income patients a sliding scale or reduced fees for testing supplies.

A number of companies arrange to send diabetic testing supplies by mail, generally referred to as "Medicare Participating Providers," but the patient must qualify for Medicare, states FreeDiabetesTestSupplies. The referral site lists potential suppliers under headings of "Free Diabetic Test Supplies by Mail," "Free Samples of Medications," "Local Assistance for Diabetics," "Free Diabetic Test Strips" and "Free Clinical Trials." Mail order companies providing free supplies are listed under "American Diabetes Wholesale" and "Liberty Medical." Obtaining free diabetes test supplies takes continuous checking on the Internet and calling local facilities and health providers.

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