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Thread #128026   Message #2862162
Posted By: JohnInKansas
11-Mar-10 - 06:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: Diabetes... another thread
Subject: RE: BS: Diabetes... another thread
Blimey, I've never cleaned my finger with a swab. Just used water.

Would that depend on how the water had been used?

Seriously(?), the main reason there's so much advertising for diabetes supplies in the US is that Medicare pays for them with few objections - compared to most other medical stuff - and it's profitable for dispensers to encourage their (over?) use. Many private insurance plans also are fairly liberal on providing the consumable supplies like test strips.

The test devices are sold here at prices that probably are "below cost," and some dispensers will give you a cheap on "for free" if you order the strips from them. The profit is in selling the test strips (around $1 US each to the dispenser) - and most of the fancier devices require strips specific to the device you're conned into "buying," making you a "captive user."