Today is World Diabetes Day. Here on Prince Edward Island, more than 13,000 Islanders are living with diabetes or prediabetes.
Our government recognizes the physical, emotional and financial impact that diabetes can have on Islanders.
That’s why we’ve made a series of investments to help Islanders with diabetes, including:
– extending coverage under the provincial drug program for diabetes strips for insulin dependent Islanders, as well as ;
– creating a new pediatric diabetes nurse educator position to support children living with diabetes; and
– increased investments in dialysis to improve access for all Islanders.
We’ve been having ongoing discussions with our partners and I recently met with representatives of the Canadian Diabetes Association to talk about how we can work together to continue to address these important issues.
The funding of insulin pumps for children has been part of those discussions.
And certainly the department recognizes the importance of this issue to some families and I’ve asked staff within the Department to continue to review this issue.
Our government certainly realizes the role that insulin pumps can play in the quality of life for Islanders with diabetes.
It is an important discussion and I assure you it’s one that we will continue to have as we work with organizations such as the Canadian Diabetes Association.
But, we need to ensure we design a program that his evidence-based and follows best practice so that we can improve patient outcomes.
Madam Speaker we will continue to support Islanders manage their diabetes.
We will also continue to promote the importance of eating well and leading an active life, which we know can help reduce the instances of chronic diseases, including diabetes.
As Islanders we all have a role to play in managing our own health, as well as building and supporting healthy communities.
I look forward to continuing to work with Islanders to reduce the instances of diabetes and ensure Islanders have access to the care they need to lead happy, healthy lives.