Diabetes Medical Supply

You currently have the choice of hundreds of diabetes medical supply companies across America who will ship your testing equipment to your front door. It can be hard to choose between them, and a simple search online may not pick out the one that will provide you with the best service. A good way to find a reputable supplier is to ask your doctor for their personal recommendations. You can always check out their prices and shipping times before buying.

In Person or Online

Many online medical supply merchants will be the Internet presence of brick and mortar stores, though some do solely operate as Internet traders. Your familiarity and trust of the Internet will determine whether you feel more comfortable ordering your testing supplies online or whether you’d rather talk to a real person and handle the goods before you buy.

You’ll often find that the online stores are able to offer bigger discounts because they don’t have overheads like land taxes or large staffing costs, but you also run the risk of not being able to ask detailed questions about particular diabetes medical supply products before you buy.

Meeting Your Shopping Needs

Regardless of whether you shop for your diabetes medical supply products in a real shop or online, you will need to keep your eye out for the companies that will best meet your shopping needs. These diabetes medical supply companies should:

  • Offer free professional advice – Diabetes affects each sufferer in different ways, and for the first few months, it can be a very confusing experience. Your doctor can give you plenty of diabetes education material, but when it comes to buying your supplies, you are likely to have many questions. A good supply store should either have trained health care professionals available to answer your personal questions or display a free phone number on their website for you to call.
  • Carry a wide selection of models – Try to avoid companies that stock only one or two particular brands of blood testing equipment. The market is full of different companies who manufacture glucose testing machines and testing strips, and you’ll need to find a store that will allow you to compare prices and features. As with most electronic machinery, you will normally get a better quality product if you are willing to pay more. Having said that, each glucose testing machine has to pass a set of tests that will declare it reliable at measuring your blood sugar levels.
  • Explain the pros and cons of each brand – Used car salespeople have a terrible reputation because they spend a lot of time being enthusiastic about products that do not work terribly well. The same can be said for a website that gushes positively about every single product. This is often because they’re looking to sell and make a profit rather than making sure their customers are buying the right product for their needs. You should be looking out for a supply company that has tried and tested the different supplies and is willing to tell you about all the positives and the negatives of each product.
  • Make sure your insurance company covers it – The last thing you want is to spend hundreds of dollars in a store, only to find that your insurance company will not cover the cost. Once you’ve chosen a supply company, call your insurance provider before buying.

Many diabetes medical supply companies will offer you incentives for your first shopping visit, as they know that diabetes sufferers will need plenty of supplies over the course of their lifetimes. Take advantage of these as a way to save money, and don’t be afraid to ask for discounts or free shipping if you’re placing a large order.

 

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