I visited my endo today, and instead of giving me written lab orders for an A1C test a week prior to my next visit in 90 days, he had a staff member come in to do a finger stick on me for two purposes. The first was a BG meter test, and the second strip went directly to a new AiC meter in the office.
The nurse explained that they certify the accuracy of their new meter every day, and that I will be called if there is any negative change in my usual 6% results. I asked if the A1C meters that are for sale at pharmacies are worth buying, and she said NO. The accuracy is so poor that the cost is a waste of time and money (besides which, my test in the office is covered along with the cost of the visit by my insurance). So, why pay out-of-pocket for an unreliable meter?
I merely posted this for the news value of the A1C test being done during a visit to the endo. If YOU have bought your own A1C meter and prefer to believe that it gives good info., fine. Do whatever you want.