So, the interesting parts are these:
- Blood glucose meters are given away to many new diabetics in hopes of selling the patients more lancets, and test strips.
- Almost every blood glucose monitor in Canada purchased in a pharmacy includes paperwork to be reimbursed by the manufacturer for the purchase price. This rebate essentially makes the blood glucose meter free.
- Test strips are often specific to a particular brand of machine and with some manufacturers are only useful with specific models.
- LifeScan by Johnson & Johnson has about 50% market share in Canada followed by Roche and Abbott's product lineups.
- Apparently filling out the warranty card earns the pharmacy you purchased the unit from an additional $15 or so from the manufacturer.
- Completely new blood glucose monitors come out about once a year. So there is a constant planned obsolesence inherent in the industry.
- Type II diabetics likely check their levels once a day where Type I diabetics often check 6 to 12 times a day.
From here I started to formulate a plan if I ever wanted to measure my blood glucose levels. I would find the most inexpensive test strips and then purchase the monitor and get reimbursed for the purchase price.
I hope some of this info helps or entertains you!