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[IP] The Gov. of Ont. pays for pumps & $2,4000 in supplies per annum! Why are sets and reservoirs prescription items?

By the way, for those of you who haven't heard the Assistive Devices Programme
(ADP) of the Government of Ontario (Canada) starting in September, 2008 will
pay for insulin pumps (not transmitters) and give the type 1 diabetic $2,400
for supplies.

The devil is in the details.  You may find out more from the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care's website and by calling the 800 number listed.
You'll have to get counselling from a Diabetes Education Centre that wants to
hook type 1 diabetics up to pumps.

The lady at ADP said that the government wants people to try MDI (Multiple
Daily Injection) therapy for a year before they start insulin pump therapy.

The Government of Ontario has been buying insulin pumps for kids for nearly 2
years now so this move has been awaited with bated breath.

I imagine this funding of insulin pumps will have a ripple effect on other
provincial governments across the country.

You really do wonder about a government that won't pay for a pump for people
on ODSP,  but will pay for supplies for those people including sensors.
Obviously,  a person on ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Programme) should
steal a pump and transmitter from someone or get one willed to him and he is
covered for alll supplies.

You really do wonder about a government that will buy a child of 5 an insulin
pump and provide $2,400 in supplies, but won't do the same for a highly
competent individual who just happens to be without insurance.

Shouldn't people start asking why pump supplies are prescription in the U.S.?
Shouldn't people in Canada be allowed to sell pump supplies to another person
in Canada where no prescription is required?


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