LifeScan OneTouch, Roche Accu-Chek and Abbot FreeStyle are three examples of glucose meters that companies offer for free. Manufacturers give away free testing meters in the hope that customers continue buying their testing strips. However, many also offer discounts and payment programs for their testing strips, according to Good RX.
LifeScan offers its OneTouch Verio and OneTouch Verio-IQ glucose meters free of charge to insured patients. These meters both use OneTouch Verio test strips. While LifeScan currently does not offer assistance to the uninsured, it recommends checking eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to Good RX.
The Roche Accu-Chek Nano SmartView is another option for those looking for free glucose testing meters. This meter uses Accu-Chek SmartView testing strips, which are offered at a discount to eligible patients. For individuals currently using an Accu-Chek Advantage Meter, Accu-Chek provides a free upgrade to the Accu-Chek Aviva Plus meter, which uses Accu-Chek Aviva Plus Test Strips, as reported by Good RX.
Abbot offers a complimentary FreeStyle meter and test strips for those who register for the FreeStyle Promise Program. As of April 2015, this program includes monthly co-pays as low as $15 on test strips in addition to the free meter. Abbot's free meters are compatible with FreeStyle Test Strips, FreeStyle Lite Test Strips and FreeStyle Insulinx Test Strips. Abbot also provides support to uninsured patients, as Good RX reports.
A qualified diabetes patient must order testing strips from a Medicare participating provider. American Diabetes Wholesale and Liberty Medical are providers that accept Medicare, as of 2015, and so they can provide testing strips to qualifying diabetics for free. These companies also sell diabetes testing supplies to the general public, so it is necessary to establish Medicare eligibility with the company before placing the order to avoid paying retail cost, according to American Diabetes Wholesale.
Many people suffering from diabetes have physical limitations stemming from the nerve damage that the condition causes. Pain or numbness in the hands or feet is a common limitation, as is carpal tunnel syndrome, a form of nerve damage that makes the palms and fingers tingle, burn or turn numb, as stated by Diabetes Self-Management. As arthritis is also more common in diabetics and may significantly affect a patient's mobility, ordering diabetic testing supplies from online providers typically proves more convenient than buying them at a physical store, notes Liberty Medical.