Yukon Government Fully Funding Glucose Monitors for Adults

    Yukon is the first jurisdiction in Canada to provide coverage for continuous glucose monitors to individuals 18 years of age and younger, and joins Ontario and Quebec in providing coverage for flash glucose monitors.

    The Government of Yukon has announced that Yukoners over 18 years of age with type 1 diabetes will now have access to fully-funded flash glucose monitors, starting October 1, 2020.

    Glucose monitors can help individuals living with type 1 diabetes to better monitor their glucose levels.

    Yukon is the first jurisdiction in Canada to provide coverage for continuous glucose monitors to individuals 18 years of age and younger, and joins Ontario and Quebec in providing coverage for flash glucose monitors.

    If adults prefer to use a continuous glucose monitor, they can apply their flash glucose monitor coverage to the cost of a continuous glucose monitor. Adults with additional medical needs, for example dementia, can apply for full coverage of a continuous glucose monitor device. Adult Yukoners are encouraged to work with their health care professional to determine the most appropriate support to manage their diabetes.

    Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost said in a statement, We recognize the challenges Yukoners and families who live with type 1 diabetes face on a daily basis and we are committed to supporting them to live happy, healthy lives. This coverage will help adults living with type 1 diabetes in Yukon manage their condition and improve their quality of life.

    To be eligible for the benefit, Yukoners with type 1 diabetes who meet the benefit criteria must register with the Chronic Disease and Disability Benefit program at 867-667-5092. People aged 65 or older can contact the Pharmacare program at 867-667-5403.

    Physicians will apply for coverage on behalf of their patients and it is estimated that approximately 250 people in Yukon have type 1 diabetes.

     

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