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RE: [IPk] Free Contour Meter offer

Hi Rich,

As you have actual experience of these, can you tell me how the wireless
link affects battery life?  I imagine that it must shorten it somewhat,
but by ow much?  If it means I have to change the battery every few days
instead of every few weeks, then I don't think it is worth it,
especially as I would lose the ketone blood testing ability my current
meter has.


On Fri, 2008-06-06 at 01:36 -0700, Rich Hickey wrote:
> I imagine the catch is that the test strips cost pence to the dozen to make
> and they are charged at pounds to the dozen. It's the same racket as inkjet
 > printers. The printers are sold at below manufacturing cost so that the
> can be made off of the ink.
 > Even though the strips are covered under prescription the company selling
> gets paid by the NHS. So, giving away the meter for free is an up front
> expense, but they make the money back, and more, off of the test strips.
> I've used a similar device in the US since I started using the Paradigm pump.
> There it was the BD meter with the wireless interface. It's nice to poke your
> finger and have the pump automagically know the blood sugars. It's definitely
> not a must have, but it is a nice convenience.
> Rich
> > From: email @ redacted> To: email @ redacted> Subject:
> [IPk] Free Contour Meter offer> Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 09:29:55 +0100> >
> Yesterday I received an offer through the post (addressed to the hospital I>
> attend for my diabetes care and then my address underneath, albeit the wrong>
> number house...) offering me a free Contour Link blood glucose meter. Now, I>
 > am not used to getting anything for nothing and have always had to pay for>
> meters. (I currently am on my third Aviva). The letter and info came from>
> Medtronic. It says this meter can link up to my pump. I am looking for the>
> catch in this..can't see an obvious one. Has anyone else had this offered to>
> them? If so, is there a catch? I can only think that maybe the strips aren't>
> available on prescription or are hard to get. Haven't checked that out.>
> Interested to hear of your experiences with this meter and if this offer is>
> as good as it sounds.> Regards> Helen> Type 1 for 33yrs> (Paradigm) pump 4
> years> Gatroparesis just diagnosed..struggling!> .>
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