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National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS): Equal healthcare access for people living with diabetes!

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People living with type 2 diabetes across Australia are being discriminated against. They don’t receive equal access to health care like those living with type 1 diabetes.

I was initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was 19.  Every day I have an injection at each meal and one before bed, which totals up to a minimum of 4 injections a day. People with type 1 diabetes can use insulin pumps but every time I ask my health care team about it, they turn me away, simply because I have type 2, not type 1 diabetes.

A blanket ban on insulin pumps for people with type 2 diabetes is discriminatory as not everyone with type 2 diabetes has the same symptoms or will need the same treatment. Insulin pumps are not necessary for everyone, but there are some of us who would benefit from using pumps.

Unfortunately it’s expensive and, currently, only people living with type 1 diabetes are entitled to subsidies for insulin pump therapy. People who live with type 1 diabetes are paying A$25 a month for pump consumables. However, for people like me who don’t qualify for this subsidy, it costs A$250 a month.

Insulin pump therapy can make such a difference to your life. Rather than having four or more injections a day, being on a pump only requires a needle change roughly every 3 days. Going by those numbers, that’s 1338 less needles I would need per year!!

There are a growing number of young adults being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. What is going to happen to them when they are thinking of starting a family? There would be a high chance that young women with type 2 diabetes will require insulin during pregnancy. Insulin pump therapy would be highly beneficial in making life easier for us. Imagine having to manage pregnancy with diabetes and injections as well! The government already recognises the importance of insulin pump therapy during pregnancy as women with gestational diabetes are entitled to pump consumable subsidies. So why aren’t people with type 2 diabetes, who would benefit from it, entitled to this healthcare access as well?

Putting a blanket ban on everyone classified with type 2 diabetes by withholding pump consumable subsidies is equivalent to providing unequal healthcare access to people with diabetes. This is most certainly discriminatory, and needs to be changed! 



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