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New provincial program to help save Nova Scotians thousands on diabetes equipment

By Caitlin Snow May 30, 2024 | 12:46 PM

Health Minister Michelle Thompson says the new Sensor-based Glucose Monitoring Program is keeping a smile on her face.

The $5.9 million initiative is for those who have Type 1 or Type 2, to help save on the cost of equipment to monitor blood-sugar levels, that can cost between $3,000 and $4,000.

“People living with diabetes shouldn’t have to bear the cost of equipment and supplies while trying to manage a condition that can be life-changing,” says Thompson.

“The new program will help more people afford the equipment and supplies they need, to better manage their care.”

She adds that hopefully it will result in better tracking of blood sugars, fewer ER visits and not as many long-term complications of diabetes.


The program is based on income, when any private insurance you have, runs out.

If you’re household makes less than $60,000, there is no deductible.

You will have a deductible between $500 and $1,000, if your household makes between $60,000 and $150,000.

However, if you’re household make more than $150,000, you will not be eligible.

Coverage will also be available under existing pharmacare programs starting next week, and you can choose the program that best suits your needs.

Roughly 106,000 thousand Nova Scotians live with diabetes.