NDP releases plan to help people with diabetes
Promises to cover cost of glucose test strips, expand insulin pump coverage
The NDP announced Monday it was tackling diabetes as the Newfoundland and Labrador election campaign continues into its second week.
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The party, currently in third place in a recent poll, announced a plan that would "make life better for residents suffering from diabetes."
The strategy says the NDP will:
- Cover the cost of glucose test strips for those without drug plan coverage
- Expand insulin pump coverage to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that have Type 1 diabetes, regardless of their age
- Develop and implement a Provincial Strategy on Diabetes in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the Diabetes Association and others in the health care community.
Lorraine Michael, NDP candidate for St. John's East – Quidi Vidi, noted that Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country.
Michael said it's unacceptable that coverage of the cost of the insulin pump stops when the diabetic turns 25.
"It means that someone who started on a pump maybe when they were six [or] seven years old all of a sudden at 25 would have to make an adjustment if they can't afford the pumps, make an adjustment to using glucose strips which they've never done," Michael said.
"It is unacceptable, once we put people on insulin pumps they should be covered right through."