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Support CGM funding in the Federal Budget

19 March 2015

The funding platforms for insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensors in relation to the management of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in Australia are not reimbursed for all people who would benefit from therapy. While some funding avenues are available for insulin pump therapy, there is currently nothing available for CGM.

Although a submission has been made to the Federal Government for subsidisation of CGM, the complexities associated with current funding pathways in government, mean that there is no predetermined ‘budget’ within which CGM sensor funding may be allocated – the technology is not considered a pharmaceutical therapy, or an implanted medical device, and therefore falls outside these two established sources for funding within the Budget.

It is a complicated area, and highlights a significant gap in the approach Government takes to funding of medical technologies – particularly when you consider the desire to deliver healthcare solutions which are the most effective; less invasive; and, keep people out of hospital for longer.

CGM is the cornerstone of promoting good glucose control. It is the only available test method that can track glucose patterns of high and lows all day, every day, enabling individuals to fine tune their insulin requirements and so address glucose level extremes not identified by other methods. It is also fundamental to decreasing the gap between current treatments and the availability of an artificial pancreas.

The submission containing economic and clinical evidence for reimbursement of CGM technology can be found here. If you’d like to raise awareness of the need for funding of this technology with your local Member of Parliament, March-April 2015 is the time to act. A link maybe shared to the submission, but it’s also important to share your story – your stories highlight the value of this technology beyond the data.

One Comment leave one →
  1. John Douglas permalink
    19 March 2015 9:45 pm

    These 1,811 people agree funding models need to change so people with T1D have choices.
    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/omnipod-in-australia/signatures.html

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