Personal Costs of Managing Diabetes Reaches Breaking Point
HALIFAX, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association
released a new report today that shows a provincial government
investment into a publicly funded insulin pump program could improve
health outcomes for Nova Scotians with diabetes and save the province
up to $1.4 million by 2032.
"People living with type 1 diabetes are at high-risk of developing
serious long-term complications, such as kidney failure, heart attack,
and limb amputation," said Michael Cloutier, President and CEO,
Canadian Diabetes Association. "The Economic Benefit of Public Funding for Insulin Pumps in Nova Scotia report shows that switching from daily insulin injections to an insulin
pump can reduce complications and increase the quality of life for
people living with type 1 diabetes while, at the same time, save Nova
Scotia's healthcare system more than a million dollars over the next 20
Nova Scotia is currently one of the few provinces in Canada that does
not offer any funding for insulin pumps. People with type 1 diabetes
who are clinically eligible to use a pump to better manage their
disease face average out-of-pocket expenses totaling between $4,000 and
$7,000 per year, which are costs that few can afford.
"Since my nine year old daughter Danielle started using an insulin pump,
we feel relieved and extremely fortunate," says Halifax resident Jay
Cassivi. "This device has been a life changer for our entire family.
Danielle has lost that fear factor that was so prominent when it came
to all decisions made around her diabetes. The insulin pump has
restored the 'child' in Danielle."
Insulin pump users are not the only people in the province that face
unmanageable diabetes-related expenses. According to another new report
by the Association, The Burden of Out-of-Pocket Costs for Canadians with Diabetes, the average out-of-pocket expenses (for diabetes medications, devices
and supplies) for a Nova Scotian living with type 2 diabetes is
approximately $3,000 per year. This sum is well-above the provincial
average, and amongst the highest in the country.
To help Canadians with diabetes effectively manage their disease, the
Canadian Diabetes Association urges governments to address
out-of-pocket expenses by enhancing financial assistance for people
living with diabetes—in order to ensure access and affordability to
diabetes medications, devices and supplies.
"Working together, we can make a difference," said Cloutier. "Investing
into a publicly funded insulin pump program makes sense both for the
health of Nova Scotians and the sustainability of the province's
Latest statistics from the Nova Scotia Diabetes Cost Model estimates that 87,000 people in Nova Scotia were diagnosed with either
type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2010 - representing approximately 9 per
cent of the population. By 2020, that number is expected to reach
125,000 or 12.2 per cent of the population. The current prevalence
rates are well above the national average, and are the second highest
in the country.
About the Canadian Diabetes Association
Across the country, the Canadian Diabetes Association is leading the
fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy
lives while we work to find a cure. Our community-based network of
supporters help us provide education and services to people living with
diabetes, advocate for our cause, break ground towards a cure and
translate research into practical applications. Please visit
diabetes.ca, join us on facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation,
follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).
SOURCE Canadian Diabetes Association
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