Have your say on NDSS supply of flash glucose monitors

Feedback on inclusion of CGM and flash monitoring products on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is being sought by Department of Health.

In an online survey open to diabetes stakeholders until 25 August, the Department is seeking input on the provision of flash glucose monitoring products such as Freestyle Libre, continuous glucose monitoring devices and  blood ketone test sticks.

The survey asks participants which products should be provided on the NDSS and if already used, how much they cost. The survey also asks on what grounds the products should be included on the NDSS, with options such as affordability, efficacy and quality of life

“The information collected will be used to inform future decision making in relation to the NDSS,” the Department says.

The NDSS currently provides subsidised syringes and needles, blood glucose test strips, urine test strips, insulin pump consumables and CGM products to people with diabetes.

In November 2018, the Federal Minister for Health, the Greg Hunt announced $100 million funding to expand the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative to include some adults with type 1 diabetes (people with concessional status and high clinical need) and pregnant women with type 1 diabetes.

The government also announced its intention to include the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system on the list of products subsidised under the NDSS.

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