Diabetes test strips: $87.99 — or $12.99, or $9 — for 50. Cheaper without insurance? Quite possibly.

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Summary: We have turned our attention to crowdsourcing the prices of diabetes test strips. Early results are in, and  we are seeing as much as $87.99 or $25 for a box of 50. Best price so far: $9 for 50 at Wal-Mart, or $12.99 for 50, with the iPhone (thanks, @T1Runner !) Also, it looks like what […]

How much do diabetic test strips cost? Our new PriceCheck project

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Summary: Managing chronic conditions like diabetes can be  costly, even if you have insurance. We’re starting a segment in our PriceCheck project to crowdsource the price of a common diabetic supply, the test strip. This is the fourth item in our PriceCheck series; the first three were mammograms, MRI’s, and IUD’s. You can not only […]

Who’s buying medications and medical supplies on Craigslist?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Who’s buying medications and medical supplies on Craigslist?

  Medications and supplies for chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma are expensive, especially for the uninsured. But who thought that Craigslist would be a supplier of choice, instead of the local CVS or Costco? I’ve seen a handwritten sign or two scattered about the New York City area offering to pay cash for diabetes […]