The Hon. Greg Hunt, MP, Minister for Health, has announced funding of $100 million over four years to expand free access to glucose-monitoring technology through the NDSS to help children, pregnant women, and more adults with type 1 diabetes manage their condition.
In addition to children and young people with type 1 diabetes currently eligible to access fully subsidised CGM, from 1 March 2019, the following groups of people will also be eligible:
People with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or over who have concessional status and a high clinical need. Women with type 1 diabetes actively planning pregnancy, are pregnant or are breastfeeding Children and young people with conditions similar to type 1 diabetes who require insulin, like cystic fibrosis-related diabetes or neonatal diabetes. Accessing fully subsidised CGM products through this initiative will save eligible people up to $7,000 per year.
The Government will work with Diabetes Australia and key diabetes experts to finalise the clinical eligibility criteria and implement the expanded scheme.
To know more, access the Minister’s media release.