The cost of insulin and an insulin pump can present significant economic hardships for uninsured individuals;
The World Health Organization includes insulins and other medicines for diabetes in the Model Lists of Essential Medicines;
Preventative measures can most effectively be taken with the insulin pump to reduce the chances of experiencing diabetic complications such as: kidney failure, nerve loss and limb loss, diabetic retinopathy as well as other complications;
Coverage for insulin pumps varies from province to province based on age;
Age should not be a factor in determining coverage;
Individuals who have been using an insulin pump for the majority of their life will be forced to switch to multiple daily injections if they cannot afford an insulin pump.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Health to:
(1) Work with her provincial and territorial colleagues to eliminate the age restriction on insurance for insulin pumps; and
(2) Introduce a National Pharmacare Program that would include insulin and other essential medicines for diabetics in its formulary.
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