All 130,000 Australians with Type 1 diabetes will now get access to subsidised continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices under the newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).
All Australians over the age of 21 with Type 1 diabetes will be able to access CGM products through their pharmacy, with a co-payment equivalent to AUS$390 per year. Children and young adults under 21 with Type 1 diabetes, concession card holders with Type 1 diabetes, and people with Type 1 diabetes who are pregnant, post-pregnancy or trying to become pregnant, will continue to receive these products free of charge through the NDSS,
The Albanese Government is also expanding the eligibility criteria for its separate Insulin Pump Program, providing an additional 35 fully subsidised insulin pumps per year for young adults aged 18 to 21 with Type 1 diabetes from financially disadvantaged families, when these were previously limited only to children up to the age of 18.
Minister Butler commented, “The Albanese Government is delivering our election commitment to support all Australians living with Type 1 diabetes to get access to subsidised CGM products.”
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