Costs of insulin pumps

Diabetes – insulin choices – Better Health Channel.

Insulin pumps
Points to consider include:

* The insulin pump is a small programmable device, about the size of a pager, that holds a reservoir of insulin. The pump is programmed to deliver insulin into the body through thin plastic tubing known as the infusion set or giving set.
* The pump is worn outside the body – in a pouch, on your belt or in your bra. The infusion set has a fine needle or flexible cannula that is inserted just below the skin (usually on the abdomen) where it stays in place for two to three days.
* Only short or rapid acting insulin can be used in the pump. Whenever food is eaten, the pump is manually programmed to deliver an amount of insulin into the body, similar to the way the pancreas does in people without diabetes. Between meals, a small and steady rate of insulin is delivered.
* The insulin pump isn’t suitable for everyone. If you’re considering using one, you must discuss it first with your diabetes health care team.
* The cost of insulin pumps is generally covered by private health insurance. The consumables required for use (such as cannulas, lines and reservoirs) are subsidised by the NDSS and cost approximately $20–$50 per month.

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