Ontario quietly cuts funding for diabetics’ blood-sugar test strips

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Ontario quietly cuts funding for diabetics’ blood-sugar test strips


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Old 07-14-2013, 15:43   #1
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A friend of mine posted this on facebook. I hope it doesn't affect any of you that are in Canada. Such a shame. Looks like it takes effect August 1st.

Ontario quietly cuts funding for diabetics’ blood-sugar test strips | Toronto Star

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200/400 strips per year??!! And if I remember that study was posted here and the main issue we all had with it was there was guidance given to patients on what their numbers meant. So with no guidance of course there is no need for testing. But 200 a year isn't even enough for a daily FBG mush less any real information.

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It just burns me that the people who claim diabetics "don't need to test as much as they do," or are at a "lower risk of low blood sugar" likely don't even have diabetes, and have no real idea of what it's like from day to day, trying to maintain control. This article totally fried me when I read it.

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If I am correct, this will only effect people on social assistance (we call it Welfare in Ontario). People on social assistance don't pay for their medications or test strips.

But I don't think this is the way to go. I use 100 test strips every three weeks checking my blood 4 times a day...

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Unfortunately this is comparable to the attitude of the medical community here in the USA. My advice from several different doctors as a type 2 was to test fasting bs a couple of times a week and occasionally test an hour after a meal. It was never explained to me how to use the meter to control by bs and it turns out to be the most important tool we have. Apparently the Canadian government has come to the conclusion that the only need to test is to prevent Hypo and not for daily control. I'm afraid the same thing could happen here. I am on Medicare and they are looking for ways to cut costs in a big way.

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That's just why I self-fund. I use a relion meter and the strips only cost $9 for a 50 strip bottle.




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This is only in Ontario. The other Provinces still cover the strips

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