OKRA News #01
By Dan Lee
Does OKRA take any type of insurance for their test kits?
The answer is no, and here’s why.
Insurance Coverage Increases the Cost of Diabetes
The cost of glucose meters varies tremendously and, unfortunately, you don’t always get what you pay for. Just because a given meter is provided by a diabetes health insurance provider or a doctor doesn’t mean that it is any more accurate than other brands on the market.
All FDA-approved devices in the United States are required to be within the same accuracy range in order to qualify for approval. That means that insurer-provided glucometers are not necessarily better than independent brands that may be more affordable.
The Hidden Costs of Diabetes and Insurance Coverage
Glucose meters are not particularly hard to make, and yet larger companies can tend to give the impression that they are. As standard industry practice, many companies pay diabetes and insurance coverage companies financial bonuses as an incentive to feature their products and recommend them in diabetes management programs.
These products are not necessarily superior — their manufacturers simply have a bigger budget for paying commissions. When it comes down to it, you might be spending your hard-earned insurance money on in-house bonuses and company flights without any real advantage to your health.
Diabetes and Insurance Coverage Limits
Medicare and Medicaid offer a certain level of diabetes health insurance to older Americans and some younger people with long-term conditions. However, these and many other providers have limits on the annual amount you can spend. After exhausting your provider’s coverage, you’re back to having to pay out of pocket — and this can happen more quickly than you might think when it comes to a subscription product like test kits.
While it may seem counterintuitive, purchasing test kits directly rather than going through Medicare gives you greater control over your spending. In the end, it may actually save you money compared to the premiums you usually pay!
Over time, diabetes and insurance coverage costs go up, and this has a flow-on effect on the cost of deductibles. As your ally in health, OKRA Care helps you avoid the hidden costs and fluctuations of diabetes health insurance with a straight-up price you can always rely on.
By dealing directly with our customers and removing the middle men (insurance providers, doctors, retail stores, etc.), we are able to offer our products at a price that is 20% lower than most other brands — giving you greater control over your choices, your finances, and ultimately, your health.
Your Companion in the Journey to Health
As your partner in health, OKRA Care is committed to providing affordable care so that you can manage your diagnosis and concentrate on living your life. Our glucose meters and subscription test strips ship free to the United States and you can cancel or modify your subscription at any time.
Are you ready to improve your diabetes experience and reduce insurance coverage costs? Regain control of your health — and your wallet — with the affordable tools at OKRA Care.
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