Expand insulin pump program for British Columbians with type 1 diabetes who are medically eligible

This has been a key health issue in the diabetes community of British Columbia since the government expanded the program from 18 - 25 years in 2014. Currently people with type 1 diabetes who are medically eligible cannot access a publicly funded insulin pump to improve their quality of life and diabetes management. The age limit needs to be lifted. People aging out of the program are also dropped from the program. This isn't right. Alberta's pump program includes all ages. Many thanks.


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  • Jan Slakov
    tagged this with Important 2017-03-09 08:40:32 -0800
  • Petronella Peach
    commented 2017-02-28 15:30:24 -0800
  • Petronella Peach
    commented 2017-02-28 15:28:26 -0800
    I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1983 , after being misdiagnosed as a person living with type 2 diabetes , at age 42 plus …6 weeks later on insulin… I have been met with resistance by an Internist in my Salmon Arm , when I asked his advise about insulin pumps in 1999 . The internist kept suggesting I should add more NPH insulin to my daily dose , while I suffered clearly with having too many low blood glucose events . My 3 months AIC test results kept increasing , because of the Low and High finger test results . I struggled living with type 1 diabetes !! I visited my New Westminster, BC Endocrinologist in the year 2000 …and we discussed insulin pumps and a visit with a Diabetes Specialist in Vernon was arranged . A C-Peptide test was performed and the result proved that I am living with type 1 diabetes and do require insulin . I was hooked up with an insulin pump in August 2001 ! It changed my life , I became more involved with my Community , participated abroad and across Canada with walking Marathons , became a guardian of our very first rescue dog and perform other volunteer duties , including Advocacy for People living with Diabetes , because I CAN . My PBC plan covers for one insulin pump per life time . My out of warranty insulin pump stopped delivering insulin on Jan. 30 , 2017 at 1 AM ..I received a Loaner Pump from the Company for 3 months and we will have to choose to pay out $ 7,000.00 for a medical device , which I am very familiar with OR back to multiple daily doses of insulin 6-7 or more needles a day ,learning all over again at age 76 plus , I can’t imagine the mental stress that will create !!, being less flexible with daily routines , such as timing of meals ….all because I happen to live with a chronic disease which is not of my choosing . I also urge the BC Green Party to make lifting this age restriction part of platform policy. Thank you .
  • Nicholas Loughton
    commented 2017-02-27 10:20:37 -0800
    As a type 1 diabetic myself, aged 19 and residing in Dr. Weaver’s riding, the insulin pump coverage question is of critical importance to me. I have been on an insulin pump for 12 years and have been living with type 1 diabetes for 16 years. The current standard of care for me in treating my disease is the pump, and its contributions to my daily regimen have allowed me much greater freedom in managing my disease. I fear being aged out of the BC insulin pump program will drop me down to a lower level of care and will result in overall poorer health outcomes for me both then and in the distant future. I therefore urge the BC Green Party to make lifting this age restriction part of platform policy.
  • Nicholas Loughton
    tagged this with Important 2017-02-27 10:20:36 -0800
  • Joan King
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2017-02-27 08:41:36 -0800
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