This is an international forum. To suggest that your way is the only right way because everyone can sign up for Barak's insurance plan is obtuse. And, despite being in the US, and having insurance, many have had issues getting devices, as they have shared here. I am not advising anyone to follow my path. I know what I did, and I know what I would do if I had a plan that did not enable me to get a meter from my carrier. Ultimately we are all independent and everyone makes the decisions that they decide are best for their own situation.I don't know what kind of insurance you have, but thanks to Barak, I know you can get insurance that covers a meter if you are willing to pay for it.
I was able to get a good price on a used meter, thanks to a long term member bringing the oppoturnity to my attention. With verifications against the lab over a wide range of INR, it is proven very trustworthy. I'm grateful that he shared the opportunity and I'm trying to help others by letting them know about opportunities when I see them. Someone had shared that the VA tests them every 6 weeks. Even if folks have a plan that covers labs, they might want to self test in between their labs for more frequest verification of being in range.
In that self testing has been shown to drastically lower bleeding and thrombosis events, the sharing of opportunities for others to obtain devices is something which I expect the members will continue to do to try to help others.
Sorry that you had to give up all those vacations and new cars to afford a plan that gave you a "free" meter, but this is an international forum and not everyone has the luxury of even making that trade off.