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The Medtronic pump is covered by most insurance and has the ability to communicate with a Contour meter.

Next Steps

Meter

Meter

Because there are so many options, and they don't have huge differences - the best thing to do is see what options your insurance companies will cover. The best way to find that out is through your doctor.

Contact

If you have specific wants with a meter - like connecting to your phone, or your pump - the best place to start would be to google your question.

Walgreens

Medtronic 630G/770G

Medtronic 630G/770G

Call Medtronic and ask them about your coverage. Talk to your Doctor to get a prescription.

Contact

Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Medtronic Website

Priorities

Comfort

  • Have to carry meter supplies
  • Largest pump
  • Tubed pumps have the most infusion sets to pick from
  • Active Lifestyle

  • Must pause activity to check blood sugar
  • Optional settings for exercise to adjust treatment ranges for activity with the press of a button
  • Avoiding Highs and Lows

  • Meters don't give as much blood sugar data as sensors do
  • Pumps allow different amounts of basal insulin at different times of day and very precise dosing
  • Easy to Use

  • No info on blood sugar trends
  • Supplies for this pump are the most widely available
  • Easy Insulin Dosing

  • Bolus calculator available to help figure out doses
  • More customizable dosing than pens or syringes
  • Fewer Fingersticks

  • Frequent fingersticks are unavoidable
  • Privacy

  • Pump has tubing
  • Largest pump
  • Requires visible blood
  • Wisdom

    Hear what others who use this device combo have to say

    My meter is linked to the Medtronic pump so it makes it a little easier to give myself insulin when I test.

    Middle of the night lows are a challenge with this combo. Its very difficult for me to wake up when low.

    I’m not always sure what my blood sugar is. I do wish I could track it better without having to poke myself so much.

    Cost

    Meter

    Meter

    Meter & Fingerpricker (1 time purchase)

    Strips & Supplies

    Glucose Testing Cost Estimate

    Startup $0 to $60

    Monthly $100

    There are lots of different meters out there. It's worth seeing which are covered by insurance - they will cover some of the cost of the strips. Often your doctor can give you a meter for free, worth asking.

    Medtronic 630G/770G

    Medtronic 630G/770G

    Pump

    Insulin Cartridges

    Infusion Sets

    Insulin Dosing Cost Estimate

    Widely covered for insulin-dependent type 1 and type 2. Pump can be provided by pharmacy, DME, or directly through Medtronic Diabetes. Price range; $0-$8,574 to start and $0-$300/Month. Price range varies depending on insurance coverage.

    Questions for your Doctor

    Can I try this before I commit to it?

    A lot of provider offices have sample devices you can touch and feel to get a sense of how they work. Some offices even have a trial device you can use for week to see how it works for you.