February 17, 2010 Insulin Pump Subsidy for Children accounced
The Australian Government has announced a big increase in the subsidy available for insulin pumps, which will make the technology much more affordable for families.
The Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump Program was launched in 2008 and provides a means-tested subsidy towards the purchase of an insulin pump for children under 18. In Australia insulin pumps can cost up to $8,000, making it a medically desirable but unaffordable option for many without private health insurance.
Children under 18 with type 1 diabetes will now be eligible, on the recommendation of a health professional, for a significantly increased subsidy of up to 80% of the cost of an insulin pump, up to a maximum of $6,400. The subsidy will be means-tested and based on a sliding scale reflecting family income.
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