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Diabetes Watch Blog: Catastrophic Drug Plan For Diabetics

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Dec 7, 2005

Catastrophic Drug Plan For Diabetics

Catastrophic Drug Plan For Diabetics
Canadian Diabetic Association is calling for a catastrophic drug plan to help diabetics in Canada. Out-of-pocket expenses for medicines and supplies vary widely across the country and jeopardize their ability to control the potentially life-threatening disease.

"People with diabetes in Canada have difficulty accessing and affording the diabetes medications, devices and supplies they need to manage their disease and reduce their risk of very costly health complications," Dr. Karen Philp, the group's national director of public policy and government relations, said releasing the report.

"There are startling variations in drug plan coverage and financial support for Canadians living with diabetes," Philp said. "A national catastrophic drug plan can ensure that Canadians, no matter where they live, have access to the diabetes medications and supplies they need."

Canada as you may all know has a government owned and controlled health system. Like any other system this policy has good and bad effects. Unlike in the United States all Canadian citizens and permanent residents have medical insurance coverage provided by the government. However this comes at a price. Canada is often slow to adopt the new drugs and devices. Medical resources and investigation facilities may be limited, causing some excess waiting compared to the United States. Sometime the waiting time may reach unacceptable levels.

More than two million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes, a number that's expected to rise to at least three million by 2010. This year's price tag for controlling the disease and treating its complications - among them limb amputation, kidney failure and vision loss - is projected to reach a staggering $13 billion. But with half of those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes not meeting targeted blood-sugar levels, the proportion of those with complications is sure to rise.


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Type-2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90% of cases diabetes. This disease affects nearly 17 million Americans and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Even though 17 million Americans have type-2 diabetes only half of these people are aware that they have diabetes. The death rate in patients with diabetes may be up to 11 times higher than in persons without the disease. The occurrence of diabetes in persons 45 to 64 years of age is 7 percent, but the proportion increases significantly in persons 65 years of age or older. Type-2 diabetes accounts for more than 90% of all diabetes worldwide.

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