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Re: [IPk] Re: Funding



Scott,

As an expat Aussie currently living in London, I am interested in how pump 
funding works in Oz.  Which health funds cover pumps? I read a while ago 
that the major funds were going to remove them from their funding lists this 
past February.  Did this happen?

What are the monthly consumables costs in Oz?

Are doctors there prescribing them more?  I have been here almost three 
years now and I never spoke to a specialist in Oz about a pump, and only 
recently spoke to a dr here about them.

Thanks

Ingrid

>From: "Scott Easton" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Re: Funding
>Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 21:05:16 +0800
>
>In Australia, the pumps cost around $7,000 and private health insurance
>covers $6,250.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Ian Grant" <email @ redacted>
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Sent: Friday, March 16, 2001 6:02 PM
>Subject: [IPk] Re: Funding
>
>
> > Dear All,
> > All this debate re funding brings two thoughts to mind:
> >
> > 1) I note that us smokers are to get patches/gum et al on prescription 
>but
> > still no help for pumps or the supplies. I guess the powers that be 
>treat
> > IDD as a "voluntary condition".
> >
> > 2) As I understand the position in USA the Insurance companies pay for
>Pump
> > therapy. This would only happen on economic grounds ie in the long term 
>it
> > will be cheaper to treat IDD with pump therapy (where appropriate) 
>because
> > of long term benefit. I think someone noted earlier in this debate that
>NHS
> > in UK only budgets to the end of next week. Hence the problem.
> >
> > Ian Grant
> > 
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