One way that a patient can get free diabetic supplies is to talk to a doctor about her financial situation, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Doctors often have access to samples and supplies that diabetics need, such as test strips.
Patients who are having trouble paying for their diabetes supplies may also find free items by contacting the manufacturer directly, states the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Most major manufacturers have programs based on income that provide free or low-cost supplies. There are also a number of independent programs that assist patients with the costs associated with their diabetes supplies.
Nonprofit groups such as NeedyMeds is also an option for those seeking out assistance with their diabetes supplies, explains the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Their website, NeedyMeds.org, has a number of programs listed, and patients can apply for some of these programs directly from the site. Rx Outreach is a nonprofit pharmacy that also may help certain patients with their diabetes supplies. This site, at Rxoutreach.org, offers affordable medications, including diabetes supplies, to those who need financial assistance. Patients should remember that most of these programs are based on a person's financial needs. They need to apply for these programs in order to qualify for free diabetes supplies.