I’m pleased to say the Government has finally included CGM in the National Diabetes Services Scheme, however the listing comes a year late and will cover fewer people than promised.
This change happened after a strong community campaign led by Australians with Type 1 diabetes, JDRF, and the Opposition, including the tabling of a petition with 214,000 signatures in Parliament.
The Government’s announcement falls short of expectations that all Australians with type one diabetes would be eligible for the NDSS subsidy. This was the basis on which the Department of Health assessed the flash monitor, and was confirmed by Greg Hunt:
“People with [type 1 diabetes] must be able to monitor their glucose levels day and night … Our Government also plans to add the new the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system to the scheme for these people with type 1 diabetes.”
Instead, the new subsidy will be limited to just some groups. While welcome for these groups, thousands of Australians will still miss out on affordable access to the flash monitor.
More than 120,000 Australians have Type 1 diabetes and Labor has a proud record of supporting them, extending back to our establishment of the Insulin Program in 2008.