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Dub? announces pediatric insulin pump program
Province will help cover costs
CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2011 2:10 PM AT Last Updated: Nov 18, 2011
Health Minister Madeleine Dub? says about 250 children in the province will be eligible for the program. CBCThe New Brunswick government plans to help families with diabetic children pay for insulin pumps and supplies, starting next year.
Health Minister Madeleine Dub? announced a new pediatric insulin pump program at a luncheon held by the Canadian Diabetes Association in Fredericton on Friday as a part of Diabetes Awareness Month.
"This program will help lessen the financial burden on families in our province by reducing out-of-pocket costs," Dub? stated in a news release.
About 250 children with Type 1 diabetes will be eligible.
The pumps cost about $7,000 to buy, and then a couple of hundred dollars per month to use, according to Jake Reid, the Maritime director of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Some other provinces already offer coverage for insulin pumps, but up until now, none of the Maritime provinces have, said Reid, calling the lack of coverage short-sighted.
Jake Reid, the Maritime director of the Canadian Diabetes Association, says no other Maritime provinces have offered coverage for insulin pumps. CBCPeople with Type 1 diabetes have an increased risk for kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and limb amputation, which cost the health care system a lot of money, he said.
"So if we can assist people now, early, with a device like an insulin pump, then there are potential cost savings down the road," he said.
The program will begin accepting applications from parents who have children aged 18 or younger with diabetes, starting in mid-January, the minister said.
A family's contribution will be assessed based on its income and size, with the province covering the remaining expenses, said Dub?.
"So if they can only pay little, this is what they are going to pay. And if they can pay more, they will have to pay more. But at the end of the day what we want to make sure is that people will have access."
Parents who buy a pump before the official start of the program should keep their receipts, she said.
Pumps improve outcomes
Michael Cloutier, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Diabetes Association, welcomed the announcement.
"Insulin pump technology leads to better outcomes for people living with the disease, and it is a cost-effective method of addressing the burden of diabetes in the province," he said.
Insulin pumps are considered more convenient and more precise in their insulin delivery than needle injections.
They can be carried like a cell phone and wires attached to the body continually supply the body with a steady drip of insulin.
Beckie McGinn said the insulin pump she bought for her son Reece six years ago has made a huge difference in his life.
"His blood sugar control is much, much better. We have a lot more flexibility with his eating, he can be a relatively normal kid and go out and eat like everyone else does," she said.
"And it provides my husband and I greater peace of mind, especially through the night. We know that he's got insulin coverage and that we know exactly how much insulin he has on board at all times."
The provincial government's $2.5 million-diabetes strategy, announced in June, focuses on prevention as well as earlier and improved support and care for diabetics to lessen the impact of the disease.
This is Awesome News for us living in New Brunswick
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