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Provincial health programs across Canada provide financial assistance to people for their insulin pump and pump supplies. It puts pump therapy in reach for many who may not otherwise be able afford the $6,500 to $7,500 price tag of a pump plus a few hundred dollars a month for supplies.

Assistance is available for pumpers of all ages, particularly those under 18. In addition, many private insurance plans cover the majority of costs associated with pumps and supplies. Pump manufacturers offer their own reimbursement assistance programs, and their experts can help you determine coverage from private, group and public health plans. Be sure to ask your insurer or pump manufacturer about the details if you’re considering pump therapy.

PUBLIC COVERAGE FOR INSULIN PUMPS

Insulin pumpers and people who inject insulin may also be eligible for the federal disability tax credit. They must spend an average of two hours per day or more receiving life sustaining therapy. This includes setting up their pumps, preparing and administering insulin and medications, calibrating equipment, testing blood glucose levels and keeping a log of their glucose levels. It doesn’t include the time the pump takes to deliver their insulin.

The links below contain information about provincial coverage, as well as the federal disability tax credit and registered disability savings plan.

britsh columbia

Medical Supplies Coverage, British Columbia Ministry of Health

PharmaCare Program, British Columbia Ministry Health

British Columbia Announces More Support for Diabetes Management

ALBERTA

Insulin Pump Therapy Program, Alberta Health

Diabetic Supply Coverage, Alberta Health

SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan Insulin Pump Program, Saskatchewan Health Ministry

MANITOBA

Pediatric Insulin Pump Program, Manitoba Health

ONTARIO

Assistive Devices Program – Insulin Pump Therapy, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario Drug Benefit Program, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

The Trillium Drug Program, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Reimbursement Levels for Blood Glucose Test Strips, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

QUEBEC

Quebec Announces Insulin Pump Reimbursement Program, MEDEC

NEW BRUNSWICK

Pediatric Insulin Pump Program, New Brunswick Department of Health

NOVA SCOTIA

Insulin Pump Program, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Insulin Pump Program

Family Contribution Assessment and Release Form, P.E.I. Insulin Pump Program

NEWFOUNDLAND

Budget 2010: The Right Investments to Strengthen Provincial Healthcare, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

YUKON

Chronic Disease Program, Yukon Health and Social Services

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Health Care Plan, Northwest Territories Health and Social Services

NUNAVUT

Health Insurance, Nunavut Health And Social Services

DISABILITY TAX CREDIT

Persons with Disabilities, Canada Revenue Agency

Federal Disability Tax Credit Application, Canada Revenue Agency

REGISTERED DISABILITY SAVINGS PLAN

Registered Disability Savings Plan, Canada Revenue Agency

Adolescence can be a particularly difficult time for management of glycemic levels as teenagers take on this responsibility at the same time as hormonal changes affect glycemic levels and impact insulin requirements.