Full funding announced for continuous Type 1 diabetes management systems

The Yukon government will now fund continuous glucose monitoring systems for Type 1 diabetics after local advocates began asking for donations from businesses to make up for a lack of government coverage.

“We recognize the challenges Yukoners and families who live with Type 1 diabetes face on a daily basis which is why we are expanding our funding to fully cover both flash and continuous glucose monitors,” said Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost in a statement.

On Sept. 16 the government faced a backlash from the T1D Support Group after announcing only a more limited tool – called flash glucose monitors – would be funded for adults.

The group began soliciting donations from local businesses in order to fund the monitoring devices for adults. On Oct. 1 the government announced that they would expand coverage after all.

“We thank and appreciate the local businesses who have come forward to support individuals with type 1 diabetes through the Yukon T1D Support Network,” Frost said.

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