Attention Canadians In Ontario! You are going to get LESS test strips, starting August 1st of this year!

Have you heard about this?


The number of test strips available to diabetics in Ontario has been reduced, and drastically reduced for anyone not on insulin!!!!




How are people supposed to test a minimum of 5 times a day with only 200 test strips per year?


I usually get 300 test strips a month, I'm on 2 types of insulin, and I will now only get 250 test strips per month.


However, my husband, who had to stop taking metformin for health reasons, will now only get 200 test strips per YEAR! His doctor told him to test at least 5 times a day. Now he can only test once every other day. He'll have to start using some of my test strips, just to keep track.



And the Canadian Diabetes Association supports it!

I can't believe this!



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Comment by Alicia on July 20, 2013 at 2:50pm
Wow that's a lil ridiculous 200 a year. I'm fine because I'm on insulin but another way our gov is going to cut corners...
Comment by shoshana27 on July 20, 2013 at 3:15pm


Comment by uptowngirl on July 21, 2013 at 8:32am

I heard about this the other day. I was told it was a cost cutting measure! Unfortunately on our backs, or fingers, as always. Cut from the bottom and the little guy which is the norm for the government.

Comment by Marfem on July 21, 2013 at 12:18pm

So, just to clarify, this only applies to people who use Provincial Drug Coverage, like Ontario Drug benefit and Trillium? It would not apply to persons who have private health benefits through employment.

In the article from CDA, it states...
The policy changes are effective August 1, 2013, and include:
o Those with diabetes who use insulin to manage their disease will have public coverage for up to 3,000 test strips annually.
o Those who use oral anti-diabetes medications which confer a high risk of hypoglycemia will have public coverage for up to 400 test strips annually.
o Those who use oral anti-diabetes medications which confer a low risk of hypoglycemia, or use diet and exercise alone will have public coverage for up to 200 test strips annually.
o Additional exemptions will apply to support individualization of treatment as clinically appropriate.

That last line says to me that if my doctor/Endo, requires and prescribes more than 8 strips per day, that they will allow that.

Lastly, if someone is receive their ODB through public assistance, they could apply for extra funding of test strips through Medically Necessary Supplies fund.

I don't see this as cut and dry, there are ways to work with the new 'limits'.

Comment by Holger Schmeken on July 22, 2013 at 7:56am

Patients managing diabetes with insulin will get 3000 stripes per year. According to the pages you have quoted this is independent of the type of diabetes.

Comment by Emmy on July 23, 2013 at 10:27pm

I found other articles, including those for doctors and pharmacists: you can only get an additional 100 strips per year. Not much, especially if you are having issues with lows, or you become ill and have to test more.

I've been through a lot the last 2 years and have to test far more frequently that I did when my health was better.

My husband has gone from getting 200 strips per month, to 200 per year.

Regardless of why you want more strips, your endo and doctor will still only be able to get you an additional 100 strips per year, at least that is what I understood from what I read. Of course you can always just buy more test strips out of pocket, you don't need a prescription for them. You just need lots of money, ha, ha. Not funny is it!

If your treatment changes, your test strip limit will also change.

I don't have private insurance, but knowing that they're bottom line is money, I can only surmise that they will likely follow suit.

Yes, Holger, from what I've read, I think the type of diabetes is irrelevent, its the treatment you are receiving that matters. That much makes sense at least. Those taking more insulin doses will be able to check before injecting.

I'm on tight control with 2 types of insulin, multiple shots per day and have to test frequently, my husband isn't on insulin, so even though he's been told to test 5 times a day, will now be testing only every other day at most, unless I share mine, which I'll gladly do until my supplies run too low to do that.

In my opinion, the government doesn't care about the stress and worry of not knowing what your blood sugar is. They don't care about the long term effects of that stress. They don't care if your blood sugar creeps up because you can't test as often as you should, or if you have lows because you had to "guess" your insulin dose. They just care about staying in power, and that means making themselves look good, by cutting costs. In my opinion.

What I find rather disgusting is that the Canadian Diabetes Association actually recommended LOWER numbers than those the government settled on. They should be advocating for frequent testing, but instead, they seem to be advocating for less and less testing, just because some study said that mortality rates are not reduced by frequent testing.

I for one am not happy with the Canadian Diabetes Ass.

Comment by shoshana27 on July 24, 2013 at 5:13am


Comment by DaveMH on July 24, 2013 at 6:06am

I live in Spain most of the year around and have registered here for a doctor ect. I am on insulin and am given a maximum quota of 100 test strips every six weeks. I am pretty sure that is correct, I will check when I get home later this afternoon, at the moment the beach is too appealing to leave at the moment 8>))

Dave MH

Comment by nel on August 2, 2013 at 7:47am

Emmy I did not realize you posted on your page as well , besides in the Canada Group.One of our ON friends mentioned that your link is not working !!! Can you please " repair " ? I commented in the Canada group , and have not seen you back there. I posted a suggestion to call CDA's Advocacy or e-mail , which I did from British Columbia ( via FaceBook initially then by phone ) .I provided the contact's e-mail address, beside a phone number , so anyone concerned in Ontario can choose to use . CDA provided a promised update as we discussed during our call

Comment by DaveMH on August 2, 2013 at 1:27pm

Sorry, my bad! 100 strips per month as I am T2 on insulin. 50 strips per THREE months for tablet controlled diabetics.

Dave MH


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