More savings on diabetes meds

More than 600,000 Australians with diabetes will benefit from cheaper access to products that help them manage their diabetes following changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).


From December 1, patients will save up to $126 per year on the cost of already subsidised items listed on the NDSS such as blood glucose test strips, urine test strips and insulin delivery devices.


These products are used by people with diabetes to self-manage their condition. Blood glucose test strips are used with a blood glucose meter to test glucose levels throughout the day.


The management of diabetes requires constant self-care and monitoring and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy.


As a result of the improvements the cost of 100 blood glucose test strips will reduce by $2 for general patients, and the cost of 10 Insulin Pump Infusion Sets will reduce by $4.70.


A patient with type 1 diabetes who uses an insulin pump and is a moderate to high user of blood glucose test strips per day will save $10.50 per month or $126.50 per year under the changes to concessional payments.


A person with type 1 diabetes who uses 10 blood glucose test strips per day will save up to $73 per year under changes to the general classification.


For some consumers the brand of product they use may change. The Government is working with Diabetes Australia and key stakeholders to inform NDSS registrants of how to continue to access the products they need at a lower price.


For more information see the NDSS website, the the Department of Health website or contact the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.


12 November 2018.