Today NDP Health Critic Vicki Mowat was joined by Paul Kuspira, who has Type 1 diabetes and is an insulin pump user, to call on the government to provide coverage for everyone with Type 1 diabetes who uses a pump in the province.

“Diabetes is a growing problem in Saskatchewan and right now, the provincial government is letting people like Paul down by not providing coverage for pumps for those over 25,” Mowat said. “There is no reason for the government to not follow in the steps of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and the territories who already provide coverage.”

An insulin pump must be replaced every five years, and if you’re over 25, it’ll cost over $7,000 out of pocket, and generally isn’t covered by insurance.

“Access to an insulin pump is a quality-of-life issue for me,” said Kuspira. “I want to be in control of my diabetes, not have it control me, but these high costs are a barrier to that.”

“The government is letting people with diabetes down when they turn 26,” Mowat said. “Having access to a pump shouldn’t just be for those who can afford it, it should be available to everyone.”

Latest posts

SARM Sounds Alarm on Healthcare Crisis Facing Rural Saskatchewan

SARM joins Carla Beck’s NDP in call for Grow Your Own staffing strategy

REGINA - Today, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) sounded the alarm on healthcare “staff shortages throughout rural areas of the province”. SARM called the situation a “crisis” and urged the provincial government to start up a Grow Your Own staffing strategy, something Carla Beck’s NDP has also called for.

Moe Driving Docs, Nurses out of Rural Sask: New CIHI data

Rural communities lost 21% of registered nurses since Scott Moe became Premier

SASKATOON - Today, the Official Opposition responded to new workforce data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). The most recent data shows that doctors and nurses have been leaving rural Saskatchewan communities in droves since Scott Moe became Premier in 2018.

Carla Beck to host townhall in Moose Jaw

Dear Moose Jaw Residents,

We hope this message finds you well. As a part of our ongoing commitment to listening to local voices and building made-in-Saskatchewan solutions, we are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Townhall Meeting in Moose Jaw on February 29 at the Timothy Eaton Centre from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.

Share this page