Nova Scotia Legislature: Fund insulin pumps for children
  • Petitioned Dave Wilson
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Health Mininster
Dave Wilson
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Sterling Belliveau
Pam Birdsall
Guysborough - Sheet Harbour
Jim Boudreau
Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley
Gary Burrill
Vicki Conrad
Cape Breton Centre
Frank Corbett
Darrell Dexter
Timberlea - Prospect
Bill Estabrooks
Cape Breton Nova
Gordie Gosse
Kings South
Ramona Jennex
Cole Harbour - Eastern Passage
Becky Kent
Pictou Centre
Ross Landry
Halifax Needham
Maureen MacDonald
Hants East
John MacDonell
Pictou East
Clarrie MacKinnon
Dartmouth South - Portland Valley
Marilyn More
Kings North
Jim Morton
Pictou West
Charlie Parker
Chester - St. Margaret's
Denise Peterson-Rafuse
Halifax - Citadel
Leonard Preyra
Lunenburg West
Gary Ramey
Halifax Atlantic
Michelle Raymond
Cumberland North
Brian Skabar
Maurice Smith
Halifax Fairview
Graham Steele
Hammonds Plains - Upper Sackville
Mat Whynott
Truro - Bible Hill
Lenora Zann
Progressive Conservative party
PC Party
Liberal Leader
Stephen McNeil
Halifax Chebucto
Howard Epstein
Eastern Shore
Sid Prest
Dartmouth North
Trevor Zinck
Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank
Percy Paris
PC Leader
Jamie Baillie
Deputy Minister
Kevin McNamara

Nova Scotia Legislature: Fund insulin pumps for children

    1. Petition by

      Tammy MacLaren

      NewGlasgow, Canada

April 2013


On April 4, 2013, the NDP government included the coverage of insulin pumps up to age 19 and pump supplies up to age 25. The coverage is scheduled to begin on July 30, 2013. Very good news!

Many families would have difficulty covering the $6500-$9000 cost of a pump for their child. Diabetes is considered a pre-exisitng condition thus in many cases does not qualify for medical insurance. Nova Scotia is one of 2 provinces not to cover these pumps in some form. It's time for us to catch up with the rest of the country. Nova Scotians can't always be the ones lagging behind. It is time! Insulin Pump Coverage for children in Nova Scotia has had many years of discussion. Put aside party affiliations and loyalties and think about why you got involved in politics. As intelligent and compassionate elected members of Nova Scotia please hear this message: Insulin pumps should be covered in Nova Scotia! As taxpayers and voters we understand that a budget has to be balanced. However, is there anything more important than the health and well being of our children? With hard work and determination funds could be found. This is an important issue that has been left on the backburner long enough. It is time. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association research shows that: In the first year of implementation, the net financial cost to Nova Scotia is projected to be approximately $650,000. The net financial savings is projected to grow each year, reaching approximately $1.4 million by 2032.Coverage for children in Nova Scotia needs to and WILL take place. Will you choose to be a part of the success, especially those of you that are not re-offering for another term? What a legacy you could leave, being a part of something so vital. Alone we can do so little, together we can make a change. Health and good wishes to all party members. Now you know what the people want, begin the process of covering insulin pumps for children in our province. It is time.

Recent signatures


    1. Victory

      Tammy MacLaren
      Petition Organizer

      On April 4th the NDP gov't included funding for insulin pumps for children up to 19 and for pump supplies for those aged 19-25 in the budget. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, and to those in the media who kept our story alive.

    2. Decision-maker Dave Wilson responds:

      Dave Wilson

      Dear Tammy and everyone who signed,

      Many of you signed this petition because of children in your life who are living with diabetes. I know that for my wife and I, nothing is more important than the health of our children. And as a par...

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Petition not Fundraiser

      Tammy MacLaren
      Petition Organizer

      The organizers of this petition will never ask you for donations. This is strictly a petition to get government support for these children.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • glenn gillam GLACE BAY, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Its a very necessary item..

    • Jillian Martin MONCTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I was diagnosed with diabetes 3.5 years ago and know how expensive this illness can be, everyone should have access to what they need without added stressors.

    • Aaron Hunter NEW GLASGOW, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Kids are the future

    • carolyn herbert ENDERBY, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have type 1 diabetes and am on a pump-so much better control and my children live in NS, so I would like to see them covered if they develop diabetes in their lives.

    • Mary Izzard NEW GLASGOW, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      diabetes runs in my family both sides i found my mom in a diabetic coma when i was 15 i can only imagine being a mother finding her child.


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