The provincial government says it aims to provide funding to help pay for insulin pumps in Alberta by next spring -- a move that many dealing with the disease say can’t come too soon.
Article is saying 30,000 PWD in Alberta ...my sense this to mean type 1 ??
I really hope Alberta considers Type 2 as well. There are a number of us with complicated, insulin dependent T2 diabetes that need pumps, but can't afford one. I live in Ontario and have T2, but my province only recognizes T1 for pump funding. I have full supply coverage, but no $$ for the actual pump, it's really frustrating!!
I am on your side Marfem !! It requires a lot of advocacy for Governments to understand , simply put :it saves money in the end " pay $ 1,00 now and you will save $ 4,00 later !! ...would you qualify for the Disability Tax Credit , which may help you financially somewhat ?
I see my doc on Friday to have the DTC conversion. This week I will be putting together a diary to explain how I use 14 hours a week, it won't be hard with all my calculating, injecting, analyzing, adjusting and correcting. I didn't work this year, so no help now, but it will help next year. I am working on saving for a pump, and I have a while, in my area the classes for pump training have a 6 month wait list, and that's just to get assessed, classes are after that.
You are probably aware ?? there are several discussions here on the DTC ..hope useful ...it is usually retroactive to the date of starting MDI/Pump ( qualifying for the time prior of not working the tx year ??)
Who would give you the pump training ?? As I recall ,my Pump Nurse from the word GO to have the pump set me up at the Diabetes Clinic with saline ( one on one )followed by setting up using insulin here in our home ; was/am followed by her via phone and e-mail for as long as I need to ...the book Pumping Insulin by John Walsh ( now in it's 5 th Edition ) is the bible for pumpers :)Initial Carb counting was in a group setting ( Vernon D. Clinic, BC ) Have things changed so much since 2001( my start time ) ,that you have a 6 ms wait list for assessment ?
I live in a small rural city (pop. 43000), and we have limited medical resources. I attend the Diabetes Health Education Centre at our local hospital. They only have so many staff and currently the wait list to get pump training is 6 months, too many patients, not enough staff. Really though, with all my reading and investigating, I could possible do it on my own with a little guidance. I am very technical and love gadgets! I have a couple friends with pumps who have already offered lots of support and help. Currently I am on MDI, I carb count very well and I currently use I:C ratios and corrections each meal, so I know how to do it all....except run a pump, which I hear will be much easier than what I do now! I use and Insulinx meter and set that up on my own, although, I'm not sure it calculates properly and I hate fiddling with the tiny strips; I have big fingers.
I found some of the DTC stuff very heplful, thanks.
Marfem , you seem to be ahead of the game with all your knowledge !!! Good on you .I can identify with " big fingers ":) .I am from the old school , hence I prefer to have face to face interaction from my Pump Nurse; whenever I did a pump upgrade , she came to our home and we both signed a form , which she sent off to MM ...and we are all different .
Hi Nel: :)
Thanks for the info. That's Fantastic for PWD in Alberta. 'Bout time. Who's next?? Hopefully B.C.?
Hi Dear Terrie ...it's 'bout time I respond to your message , after we arrived home from ON !!! ...seems ages ago .
I read somewhere on FB , that there maybe limitations attached to qualifying ( now can't find it :( ...I am not too sure; I can see me not qualifying ...I have a pretty generous Extended Health plan ..maybe some one out there knows more at this ?
Copied and pasted from FB , posted yesterday by a person living in AB :" Alberta should find out more about the specifics of our pump coverage in the spring. Right now we have none, but the PC government made some promises that will soon be fulfilled hopefully" .