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Diabetes patients offered huge savings on life-saving tests and equipment

Diabetes patients are potentially missing out on massive savings because they are not signed up to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). Figures provided by the NDSS show that diabetes patients using the scheme can purchase diagnostic tests at less then 10 per cent of the cost of buying them over the counter or through prescription.

01 Jul 2012

Diabetes patients are potentially missing out on massive savings because they are not signed up to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

Figures provided by the NDSS show that diabetes patients using the scheme can purchase diagnostic tests at less then 10 per cent of the cost of buying them over the counter or through prescription.

A box of 100 blood glucose-testing strips costs $35.40 through PBS on prescription but patients registered with the NDSS pay only $15.20, or as little as $2.40 if they have a health care card. Patients signed up to the scheme also receive free insulin syringes and pen needles, which typically cost between $28 and $44 for a box of 100 syringes, and only have to pay $30 a month for insulin pump consumables, far less than the $200 to $250 a month that patients not in the scheme pay.

The Australian Diabetes Council estimates that over 90,000 Australians living with diabetes could be missing out on such discounts and additional support services, and is urging health professionals to make sure their patients are registered with the NDSS so they qualify for substantial price cuts on the items they need to monitor and treat their disease.

The NDSS is a free Government-funded service for all Australians with diabetes, including gestational diabetes. In addition to free syringes and heavily subsidised blood glucose testing strips and insulin pump consumables, people who are registered with NDSS can also obtain urine testing strips and tablets, as well as information on managing life with diabetes.

People with diabetes and their carers can register for the NBSS by picking up a form from their pharmacy, Diabetes Centre or health clinic, getting it signed by their doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator, and returning the form. The registration form is also available at www.ndss.com.au

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Published: 01 Jul 2012