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    A PRIMER ON BUYING YOUR INSULIN PUMP

After you decide to get an insulin pump, you’ll quickly learn there’s a process involved. How you pay for your pump will determine how soon it arrives to you. The other thing is you can only purchase it through a pump manufacturer.

If you’re paying out-of-pocket for the $6,500 to $7,500 a pump typically costs in Canada, you’ll be happy to know it will be at your door in a matter of days. The manufacturer will arrange training through a healthcare professional or diabetes education centre in your community.

But if you’re among the many who rely on public or private health insurance, the process can take a few months and sometimes much longer. In this case, your doctor must confirm you meet the criteria to use a pump. You’ll also need a prescription and pump training from a diabetes educator or clinic. After that, you’ll receive a list of pumps sold in Canada. The pump manufacturer will help process your insurance funding.

The key considerations in choosing your pump are:

  • Pump type – line or patch
  • Compatibility with other brands of infusion sets
  • Cost and availability of supplies
  • Ease of use
  • Battery life
  • Reservoir size
  • Ability to work with a blood glucose monitor
  • Resistance to water
  • Training and support

There currently are four pumps sold in Canada made by four manufacturers:

  • ACCU-CHEK® Spirit Combo (line pump)
  • Animas® OneTouch® Ping® and Vibe™ (line pumps)
  • Medtronic MiniMed® Paradigm® Veo™ (line pump)
  • Insulet OmniPod® (patch pump)

We can assist you in the purchase of your pump. We’ll be glad to answer general questions you may have. Or if you’re interested in a specific product, we can forward your name to a manufacturer’s representative who’ll contact you. Whichever you prefer, simply complete and email form below.

Option 1: Please type your question(s) into the form below. We’ll phone you within one or two business days with a response.
Option 2: Please forward my name to a manufacturer’s representative for the following product(s):
ACCU-CHEK® Spirit Combo (line pump)
Animas® OneTouch® Ping® and Vibe™ (line pumps)
Medtronic MiniMed® Paradigm® Veo™ (line pump)
Insulet OmniPod® (patch pump)


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A pump allows users to program basal rates to allow for scheduled insulin deliveries of varying amounts at different times of the day. This is especially useful in controlling events such as Dawn Phenomenon.