Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton has announced government funding for more children with Type 1 Diabetes to gain access to an insulin pump to help manage their disease.
A total funding allocation of $1.4 million will provide insulin pump subsidies for an additional 136 children under the Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump Programme, Mr Dutton said in an October 20 statement.
In addition to the 68 pumps already available, the programme will now benefit over 200 children and their families over the next year.
These pumps deliver a continuous level of insulin throughout the day, meaning children can avoid up to seven or more injections each day.
By eliminating the need for painful and inconvenient injections, the insulin pumps offer improved quality of life for children and their families.
Mr Dutton said insulin pumps can range in cost from $4,500 to $9,500, which can be a huge burden on families with young children.
"The programme covers up to 80 per cent of the costs of insulin pumps which can greatly assist in making this therapy affordable to young families in Australia," he said.
"It will at least be one less worry for families under enormous pressure."
If your child has Type 1 Diabetes and you are thinking about organising family health insurance, you'll be glad to know that an Australian health insurance provider cannot discriminate against you because of you child's illness.
However, there may be a waiting period attached to your health insurance policy, as diabetes will be considered a 'pre-existing condition'.
For advice and guidance on your health insurance options, contact the team at HICA. We can offer an obligation-free policy comparison to ensure you receive the best cover for your family.