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Changes to the NDSS from 1 December 2018

More than 600,000 people with diabetes are set to benefit from cheaper access to products under changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

 

From 1 December 2018 the cost of items listed on the NDSS such as blood glucose test strips (BGTS), urine test strips and insulin syringes will be reduced. Some people with diabetes who use these products will save up to $126.50 per year.

 

Potential Savings Related to Co-Payment Changes

For Example:

  • An average person with type 1 diabetes, using 11 packs of blood glucose test strips per year (3 per day), non-concessional will save $2 per pack, totalling to a saving of $22 per year.
  • An average person with type 1 diabetes, using 11 packs of blood glucose test strips per year (3 per day), with a concessional status of 'Health Care Card Holder' will save $1.50 per pack, totalling to a saving of $16.50 per year.
  • A person with type 1 diabetes with high blood glucose test strip usage of 10 strips per day (36.5 packs of blood glucose test strips per year), with non-concessional status will save $2 per pack, totalling to a saving of $73 per year.
  • An average person with type 2 diabetes (using insulin), using 6 packs of blood glucose test strips per year, non-concessional will save $2 per pack, totalling to a saving of $12 per year.
  • A person with type 1 diabetes who uses an insulin pump and replaces the consumables every 3 days, as well as an average of 8 blood glucose test strips per day, and who has concessional status, would save $10.50 per month or $126.50 per year. 

 

NDSS Registrant Co-Payments from 1 December 2018

Product Type  General $  Concessional $
Blood Glucose Test Strips (pack of 100) 15.00 (save $2.00) 1.20 (save up to $1.50)
Urine Ketone Test Strips (pack of 50) 3.60 (save $0.70) 0.30 (save up to $0.30)
Pen Needles1. (pack of 100) No co-payment
Syringes1. (pack of 100)
Insulin Pump Infusion Sets (pack of 10) 16.70 12.00 (save $4.70)
Insulin Pump Reservoirs (pack of 10) 11.10 9.00 (save $2.10)

¹ NDSS registrant co-payments for pen needles and syringes are paid by State and Territory Governments. 

 

Some existing brands of blood glucose test strips and insulin syringes will no longer be available. NDSS has provided more information about which products are changing in their Factsheet for people with diabetes

 

If there are changes to the blood glucose testing strips you use, you are eligible to receive a free blood glucose meter.

 

For more information about why these changes are happening, what products are changing and FAQs, call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588 or visit the NDSS website

 

 

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