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How can I use mail order services wisely for buying diabetes supplies?

Purchasing your diabetes supplies, such as test strips, through a mail-order supplier can save you money. However, you’ll also have to calculate the extra time it will cost to ship supplies and perhaps the extra time to deal with insurance coverage. Among the tips to make mail-order work for you are:

-   Pay extra attention to timing. Some orders will ship automatically, whereas others will take up to 2 weeks. Order your supplies far enough in advance that your current supply won’t run out before the new ones arrive.

-   The mail-order company should confirm your insurance coverage before filling out your first order. If you use Medicare to help pay for supplies, note that the prices shown in advertisements or quoted over the phone may differ from the amount that Medicare will reimburse for that item.

-   If you live in a warm climate or order during the summer, ask how perishable items will be shipped. Strips can spoil in excessive heat, so overnight shipping is best for these items.

-   Compare prices by shopping around. Most mail-order firms have toll-free numbers and websites.

-   Always keep copies of any orders you send through the mail. If you call in an order, be sure to write down when you placed the order and what you ordered.

-   Check the expiration date on each item that arrives. If you’ll need the item in 6 months, make sure it doesn’t expire in 2 months. Send back all items with expiration dates that are just around the corner.

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