Ontario Pledges $741 Million Against Diabetes, Including Funding Insulin Pumps for Type 1s

A Canadian province has taken a step in the treatment of diabetes that many in the United States hope would become the norm under a single-payer health system.

Jul 25, 2008

The provincial government of Ontario has announced it will spend $741 million over the next four years to combat diabetes, including paying the costs of insulin pumps for adults with type 1 diabetes.

The current number of Ontarians living with diabetes is 900,000 (the provincial population is 12.9 million)—a figure expected to increase to 1.2 million by 2010.

Plans call for the provincial government to purchase 1,300 insulin pumps by September, at a cost of about $7,000 each. The government will also cover the approximate $250-per-month cost of supplies for the pumps, not including insulin.

Officials have not said what criteria the province will use to determine eligibility for the pumps other than status as an adult with type 1. (People with type 1 account for 5 to 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of the disease, which means that Ontario could have up to 90,000 residents—adults and children—with type 1.)

Ontario will also establish an online registry by next spring that will help diabetes patients track and manage their condition. Healthcare providers will be able to access the records.

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Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Insulin Pumps, International, Politics, Type 1 Issues

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Posted by Anonymous on 25 July 2008

that's great. if you can't afford an insulin pump, have the government FORCE every other citizen to pay for it. as always, when it comes to these social programs people always forget to ask:
"who is going to pay for it?"

Posted by Anonymous on 25 July 2008

I think Ontario,Canada should be commended for showing great leadership in providing insulin pumps for Type 1 diabetics.

Even if they don't live in that province diabetics will benefit because manufacturers will sell more pumps and likely this volume will cause a price drop and give makers the impetus to advance the state of the art of insulin pumps.

Getting an entire Type 1 population onto insulin pumps may seem expensive in the short run but the is probably very cost effective considering how expensive the complications of uncontrolled diabetes is.

Posted by Anonymous on 8 August 2008

In reference to the anonymous user that wrote complaining that we Force the government to pay for insulin pumps. How completely ignorant of you. No doubt you are someone who obviously doesn't suffer from or knows someone very close who suffers from the complications of diabetes.All I can say is that you better hope that you are either very rich or so fortunate that you'll never get seriously ill and require financial assistance with treatment because it's people like you that result in the governments decisions to not cover certain greatly needed treatments and leave thousands of people suffering or dying. Who knows buddy, mabye one day it'll be you who needs help and noone there to help because they can't be bothered to allow the government to use the tax dollars that are taken from them regardless to treat the sick and dying.

Posted by Anonymous on 9 August 2008

I too am a tax payer as is my husband. Not only am I a resident of Ontario who pays taxes both federally and provincially, I also live with Type I diabetes as does my child, and as a tax payer and health care professional I am pleased to see the governmet helping out with a life long disease that has such detrimental side effects when not well controlled.

Posted by Anonymous on 27 October 2008

As a Mom with a young child with diabetes, I commend the government for funding these life saving pumps. My daughter did not respond to daily insulin injections (and in fact had two seizures where we almost lost her). The pump has given her a much more healthy chance at survival. Without the funds, we would have not been able to make this change and who knows if she would still be with us today.

I think as a society, we should do what we can to assist with ensuring accessible health care. Just because people cannot afford treatment plans should not prevent them from having access. In third world countries, mothers and fathers have the plight of watching their children die because they can't get treatment. As a tax payer, and a concious citizen, I am more than happy to pay taxes to ensure everyone has equal access to health care.

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