I have been in Taichung for 2 months now and my Blood glucometer has just broke down for some odd reason. I brought it with me from Canada and it was working fine up till a week ago. Unfortunately, I do not have my ARC yet, but it is in the works, which also means that I do not have my National Health Insurance either. I have made an appointment to see an endocrinologist at the Ren'ai hospital it will cost me more to see the doctor but I will just have to bite the bullet on this one. If there are any people with diabetes in Taichung could you please let me know where you got your glucometer from and what it cost you? I currently use the lifescan meter but I cannot find the strips for it here (ultra one touch it gives a reading in 5 seconds).
Before I left Canada I contacted the company and they told me that the meter I use is unavalaible in the Taiwan market. Although, they did say there was another meter but it is essentially one model down and gives readings in 20 seconds. Right now I am willing to buy almost any meter that is available but where do you buy them and do you need a prescription?
Also any information you might know about getting insulin would be vital as well. I still have about a 4 or 5 month supply. I currently use NovoRapid and Novolin NPH. I was told by Novolin in Canada that the insulin name for NPH here is Insultard. If anyone is using these two insulins let me know where you get them and what they cost?
Thank you for any help it would be greatly appreciated.