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Assistive Devices Program

Insulin Pump Therapy

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Assistive Devices Program (ADP) provides funding assistance to eligible individuals of all ages with type 1 diabetes to purchase insulin pumps and supplies.

Expansion Of The Insulin Pump Program

What criteria must be met by someone to be eligible for funding?
Individuals with type 1 diabetes who have been unable to achieve good blood sugar control with multiple daily injections may be a suitable candidate for insulin pump therapy. Included in the established eligibility criteria are the requirements to have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to blood glucose monitoring, the safe and appropriate use of the insulin pump, participation in an insulin pump education program and regular diabetes clinic attendance. A Diabetes Education Program registered with the ADP must assess the individual’s readiness for pump therapy and determine eligibility for ADP funding assistance.  Each Program consists of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals including specialist physicians and diabetes educators. There are different medical eligibility criteria for children and adults.
Where are the Diabetes Education Programs located? How does someone get referred to a Program?

Programs are located throughout Ontario.  A Family Physician or other physician specialists will refer their patients to a Program located in their community.

What is the age difference between children and adults?

For the purpose of ADP funding, children and youth are those individuals who have not yet reached their 19th birthday.

Will children and youth be automatically transferred to the adult program on their 19th birthday?
Yes, provided they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.  Recipients must confirm annually that they continue to meet eligibility criteria for ADP funding.
How much does the ADP pay towards the cost of an insulin pump?

The program covers 100% of the price of the insulin pump, paid directly to the supplier on the recipient’s behalf.

How much does the ADP pay towards the cost of supplies?

An annual grant of $2,400 is paid directly to the recipient in four equal payments on a quarterly basis.

Why isn't the government covering insulin pumps for individuals with type 2 diabetes?

In 2008, a panel of experts consisting of physicians and other health care professionals with expertise in the treatment and management of diabetes was asked to provide recommendations on providing funding assistance for insulin pumps and supplies to all individuals with insulin-dependent diabetes, including individuals with type 2 diabetes. The panel reported that the evidence to support the use of an insulin pump by individuals with type 2 diabetes was unclear and that there was little clinical trial evidence to support this recommendation.  The panel reconvened in February 2010 to relook at this issue. At that time, the panel was still unable to recommend extending funding assistance for insulin pumps and supplies to individuals with type 2 diabetes due to a lack of evidence on the effectiveness of this type of therapy.

For More Information

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Assistive Devices Program
7th Floor, 5700 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2M 4K5

Toronto 416-327-8804
Toll-free 1-800-268-6021
TDD/TTY 416-327-4282
TDD/TTY 1-800-387-5559
Fax 416-327-8192