People who qualify for Medicare or who have private medical insurance without a deductible can get free test strips and other diabetes testing supplies. With private insurance that has deductibles, the strips often become free after the deductible has been met, as stated by FreeDiabetesTestSupplies.com.
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.