I do the same. Self testing is the way to go. Just bought my strips for the upcoming year on eBay- 48 strips for $190 plus postage. A very small price to pay for the peace of mind of taking the testing into one's own hands.Have you considered doing your own home testing and reporting? After several outrageous charges from HomeINR I bought my own machine on ebay and test strips made arrangements with doctor to call in once week with results all at no cost after initial cost and once year strip purchase.