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I had mentioned last October(2007) that Adult Type 1 Diabetics living in the Province of Ontario would be offered free Insulin pumps and supplies if they needed them. Mr. Caplan, our Health Minister made the second announcement in Toronto yesterday, that this would begin in September 2008. Finally....

If I remember correctly, Ontario is the trial run. If it is successful here then the rest of Canadians will be offered a free pump and supplies also, if they need them.

The Type 1 Ontarian Children were offered the free pumps and supplies in 2006, I believe. Now I'm Pleased with our Government. :) If they could get some more of our Doctor's and Nurses back, I'd be Thrilled.


There were 2 similar articles in The Toronto Star, so I included them both:

HealthZone.ca - News & Features - Ontario to supply type-1 diabetics with insulin pumps

HealthZone.ca - News & Features - Ontario's cash has diabetics pumped

Thanks to Megan Ogilvie from The Toronto Star for these articles and anyone else involved.
 

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What would be the requirements for immagration to Ontario Canada? I would love a pump!!! ;) :D
 

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What would be the requirements for immagration to Ontario Canada? I would love a pump!!! ;) :D

Hey Peter: :D

Just like immigrating to any other country, I suppose. Unfortunately, the waiting list is Very long(unless you are a refugee). Are you a refugee Peter?

Aw...Just take a plane over. I'll make sure that you get near the first of the line. ;) Or I'll wear a long over-coat and hide you 'til we get to my limo. :D
 

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Hey Peter: :D

Just like immigrating to any other country, I suppose. Unfortunately, the waiting list is Very long(unless you are a refugee). Are you a refugee Peter?
Aww Terrie, I don't think that Australia is a bad place to live and I guess that they would ask that question. :D :D

Aw...Just take a plane over. I'll make sure that you get near the first of the line. ;) Or I'll wear a long over-coat and hide you 'til we get to my limo. :D
Woo Hoo Terrie :D, I would have to brush up on my French as that would be of some requirement and that coat would have to be quite big plus I like to be close to you and Canada is a nice country that has the best fish that I can live off, Salmon!!! Y U M ! ! ! :D :p
 

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Aww Terrie, I don't think that Australia is a bad place to live and I guess that they would ask that question. :D :D


I know that you're right Peter. Australia looks like a Beautiful and Fun place to live. Yes, I'm sure that asking if a Person is a refugee is one of the first questions. So we'll just have to figure out something else for you. (Meanwhile, I'll take my Limo home). ;)


Woo Hoo Terrie :D, I would have to brush up on my French as that would be of some requirement and that coat would have to be quite big plus I like to be close to you and Canada is a nice country that has the best fish that I can live off, Salmon!!! Y U M ! ! ! :D :p


Well, my Daughter is taking a French course in the Fall. You can go with her then. French is only a requirement if you want a job. :D jk There are a lot of jobs here without having to know the French language. My coat is short so I'll get you a tall one. :eek: Well, if you're going to eat all of our salmon, then lets just forget the whole thing.....:eek: ;)
 

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Aww Terrie, You are lot of fun and I find that French is a beautiful language. :D Speaking of coats, There is a coat that is uniquely Australian. Would you like that? ;)
Well, if you're going to eat all of our salmon, then lets just forget the whole thing.....:eek: ;)


Aww common Terrie, I'll share some to you with some great wine. Chardoney Terrie. :D
 

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Aww Terrie, You are lot of fun and I find that French is a beautiful language. :D Speaking of coats, There is a coat that is uniquely Australian. Would you like that? ;)

Yes, you're right. It is quite beautiful.

Uniquely Australian, eh??? :confused: I'm afraid to ask. :( A kangaroo coat? :eek: Peter...you're Terrible. No thanks...I don't wear fur. ;)


Aww common Terrie, I'll share some to you with some great wine. Chardoney Terrie. :D

Okay but who's Chardoney Terrie??? :rolleyes:
 

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Aww Terrie, You are lot of fun and I find that French is a beautiful language. :D Speaking of coats, There is a coat that is uniquely Australian. Would you like that? ;)

Yes, you're right. It is quite beautiful.

Uniquely Australian, eh??? :confused: I'm afraid to ask. :( A kangaroo coat? :eek: Peter...you're Terrible. No thanks...I don't wear fur. ;)
Aww, Don't think too hard Terrie, No kangaroo being killed so no fur, But it's to do with what the Australian drover would whear and it's very warm!!! Look below. :D


You like? Aye Terrie. :D

Aww common Terrie, I'll share some to you with some great wine. Chardoney Terrie. :D

Okay but who's Chardoney Terrie??? :rolleyes:
Oww Terrie Terrie Terrie!!!, Don't tell me that you don't like wine unless that you are on the wagon. The wine is for you and me and I love Chadonay. :D :D
 

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Aww, Don't think too hard Terrie, No kangaroo being killed so no fur, But it's to do with what the Australian drover would whear and it's very warm!!! Look below. :D

Well thank Goodness for the Kanga's.

Now that's a Cool coat Peter. You Guys in Australia must be watching too many 007 movies though. :D I like warm.


Oww Terrie Terrie Terrie!!!, Don't tell me that you don't like wine unless that you are on the wagon. The wine is for you and me and I love Chadonay. :D :D


I do enjoy the occasional glass of red wine, preferrably a 5(medium). Maybe 4 times a year. I still have horror pictures in my head when I drink it though, of barefoot People jumping all over those pooor defenseless grapes. :mad:
 

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I do enjoy the occasional glass of red wine, preferrably a 5(medium). Maybe 4 times a year. I still have horror pictures in my head when I drink it though, of barefoot People jumping all over those pooor defenseless grapes. :mad:
UUMMM... Terrie, We are in the 21st century and feet can be sore if in grapes for too long. And we are going off the topic. These days we have the greatest tools that a winemaker would want and that's a hydraulic grape press and they are certainly a lot more sterile than feet.

I wish that our health minister would give us free insulin pump. :D :D :D


Please miss Nicola Roxon, Can I have a free insulin pump. :D :p :rolleyes:
Geez, I don't want much do I. :rolleyes:
 

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UUMMM... Terrie, We are in the 21st century and feet can be sore if in grapes for too long. And we are going off the topic. These days we have the greatest tools that a winemaker would want and that's a hydraulic grape press and they are certainly a lot more sterile than feet.

Excuse me...I was wide awake when the 21st rolled in and no one said nothing about new fancy machinery to do the grapes. Why I just saw those People on TV jumping up and down on those grapes last month. It was horrifying I tell Ya. :eek:

Yes, you're right Peter, I did get off topic by mentioning the coat...but you jumped right on it didn't you? Then you started on the salmon. Like what's that's got to do with pumps? :rolleyes: Anyways back to the pumps.

I wish that our health minister would give us free insulin pump. :D :D :D Geez, I don't want much do I. :rolleyes

No, asking for a gadget that could possibly save your health is not asking for too much. It makes me mad that they charge so much for those machines.

Hey, you may get it sooner than you think. You know this is the only logical answer to help most People if they need/want it. Actually, a Cure is needed.
The governments know that they are going to be in Big trouble if they don't do something about to help Diabetics Big Time with this battle. They had the door closed on this disease far too long.


Please miss Nicola Roxon, Can I have a free insulin pump. :D :p :rolleyes:

Good-looking Minister that you got there Peter. :D
 

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Excuse me...I was wide awake when the 21st rolled in and no one said nothing about new fancy machinery to do the grapes. Why I just saw those People on TV jumping up and down on those grapes last month. It was horrifying I tell Ya. :eek:

LOL. :p

Yes, you're right Peter, I did get off topic by mentioning the coat...but you jumped right on it didn't you? Then you started on the salmon. Like what's that's got to do with pumps? :rolleyes: Anyways back to the pumps.
Aww Terrie, I cannot help liking your delicacy as I am shure you do too. Anyway we have Tasmanian Salmon. YUM!!! and I am cooling off *me gets a coat*

No, asking for a gadget that could possibly save your health is not asking for too much. It makes me mad that they charge so much for those machines.
Yeah, I love gadgets and I also like the idea of getting your meal and have a quick guise on how many carbs and push a button. :D That would be so cool!! :p

Hey, you may get it sooner than you think. You know this is the only logical answer to help most People if they need/want it. Actually, a Cure is needed.
The governments know that they are going to be in Big trouble if they don't do something about to help Diabetics Big Time with this battle. They had the door closed on this disease far too long.


Please miss Nicola Roxon, Can I have a free insulin pump. :D :p :rolleyes:


Good-looking Minister that you got there Peter. :D


Yes she is nice, But she would be quite a goddess if I were to have a pump and CGMS. ;) Heh I can just see myself going to my favorite Chinese and just conveniently bolus without unzipping a bag with my BG meter & pen. :)
 

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Anyway we have Tasmanian Salmon. YUM!!! and I am cooling off *me gets a coat*

Well, that's a relief. Then you can fill up on your Tas salmon before you land in Canada. j/k Oh no worries. We'd feed Ya. :) You're wearing a coat? :eek: Oh Ya. I forgot your nearing the end of your winter. My Hubby practically melted doing some work outside today. I think he said with the humidity the temp felt like 35c. That's not bad considering last year our highest was 45c. Now that was Hot. :eek:

Yes she is nice, But she would be quite a goddess if I were to have a pump and CGMS. Heh I can just see myself going to my favorite Chinese and just conveniently bolus without unzipping a bag with my BG meter & pen. :)

LOL. Yes. I suppose she would be considered a goddess then. :D I wonder if anyone has suggested the pumps to your Government. Australia should be able to swing it. Your population isn't large either. Between 10-15% of Australians are Type 1's. I would also presume that they wouldn't give one free to a Diabetic who has coverage through their Employer, can afford it themselves, etc. They would also probably do it like here, one Province at a time.

Umm...even with a pump, you still have to test first before you bolus. Unless you would expect your Gov. to supply the newest pump/meter combo(don't count on it). I don't think they would supply a CGMS until someone got on their case about it after they supplied the pumps. Unless for Special cases. One step at a time. The first step is a suggestion/petition asking them to supply the pump. Maybe they already have it in mind. :)
 

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Umm...even with a pump, you still have to test first before you bolus. Unless you would expect your Gov. to supply the newest pump/meter combo(don't count on it).
Yes Terrie, I realize that to test and then press a button to bolus, But if I were given a pump and has a CGMS option then I can see about getting one. It would be so cool. ;) :D
Unless for Special cases. One step at a time. The first step is a suggestion/petition asking them to supply the pump. Maybe they already have it in mind. :)
Yes and the JDRF has done that already and good on them. As for me though just going to Canada is just so cool to visit little own living there. :D :p

However if I were to get a free pump I would have to do some foot slogging to convince the goverment to act appon and also to get people like me to get a pump. :)
 

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Hi Chaco: :)

No, any Ontario resident who is a Diabetic and uses Insulin can get a pump. Just ask your Endo and he/she will get you an appointment with the Pump Educator. They will show you all the pumps/supplies that our Gov. will pay for. The supplies total equals either $2400. or $1200. a year. I forget which she said. You or your Insurance company must pay the other $600. Good deal. Most Insurance companies will no longer cover the pumps for Ontarians since the Gov. is covering them. The Gov. expected this. But the Insurance companies are Happy to pay the $600.00.

I apologize for saying "need". I should have said "want". The 4 pumps they supply are: Acu-chek Spirit, MiniMed Paradigm, Deltec Cozmo and the Animas 2020.

Edit: As of March 26, 2009, the Cozmo are no longer being made. The company will honour the warranty however. I'm not sure if our Gov. will be replacing the Cozmo with another pump choice. I saw the Pump Educator with all my questions at the end of January 2009.

There is also a long wait for the pumps(4-6 mths.). Since they are practically free, it seems like most Diabetics wants one, she said. :D Good Luck.
 

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So any diabetic living in Ontario can apply for one? Not just Type 1? I really think my sister could benefit from this, but she doesn't have an endocrinologist since she has no family doctor to refer her to one and the walk in clinic said they would refer her about 3 years ago.
 

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This is a little off-topic, but Canadians are so smart about some things. I spend several weeks in Ontario every summer: It's such a treat to be able to go to a pharmacy and get the Novolog and Levemir I need (in the cartridges, thank you!) without a prescription. We're so goofy here in the States with prescription nonsense! Thank you Ontario!

Jen
 
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