Argus and Phoenix offer free glucometer
The Phoenix Stores and The Argus Group are partnering to cut the cost of blood glucose testing for those living with diabetes.
The Phoenix has brought in the “On Call Express Blood Glucose Monitoring System”, featuring a glucometer which it claims to be cheaper than similar systems, but equally efficient.
During February, Argus will offer its insured customers a free kit, which includes a glucometer, ten test strips, a premium lancing device, ten sterile lancets and control solution, all housed in a carry case.
Sian Bowen, chief pharmacist at The Phoenix Stores, said: “Diabetes now affects more than 300 million people globally and is responsible for one death every six seconds or approximately 4.8 million deaths per year.
“Bermuda has a diabetes rate of 14 per cent — nearly double the global average — which translates to about 9,000 persons who require treatment on the island.”
Michelle Jackson, executive vice-president, group insurance at Argus, said: “The launch of On Call Express aligns perfectly with our strategy to provide access to programmes and initiatives to reduce and reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes in Bermuda. In this instance, The Argus Group is pleased to absorb costs associated with the purchase of this glucometer by its insureds during the month of February.”
This would support the company's existing Diabetes Reversal Programme, which encourages people to eat healthier foods and increase physical activity, she added.
Argus insureds looking to obtain a free On Call Express Starter Kit should visit any of The Phoenix Stores and speak with a pharmacist. One On Call Express Starter Kit per person is available while promotional stocks last.