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Insulin Pumps Subsidy

Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon MP, has announced an expansion of the Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump Program, with a dramatically increased government subsidy of up to 80% of the purchase price of an insulin pump.

The program was first launched in 2008 and provides a means-tested subsidy towards the purchase of an insulin pump for children under 18 who do not have access to private health insurance.

In Australia insulin pumps can cost up to $8,000, making them a medically desirable but unaffordable option for many without private health rebates.

Children under 18 with type 1 diabetes will now be eligible, on the recommendation of a health professional, for a subsidy of up to 80% of the cost of an insulin pump. To a maximum of $6,400 and a minimum of $500.

The subsidy sill be means-tested and based on a sliding scale reflecting gross family income.

For more information about the Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump Program, please contact Chanelle Stowers on (02) 9966 0400 ext 223 or cstowers@jdrf.org.au or visit the website http://www.jdrf.org.au/pumps.

Update – JDRF Issue 1 2010

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