It has been estimated that every year, the government might have to spend $4 million on insulin pumps for the diabetic patients. Therefore, efforts are required to be put so that more funds could be collected for getting the pumps available to the patients.
A number of products have been proposed which are said to be effective in reducing the expenditure of the government. Government's drug-buying agency, Pharmac has said that products of CareSens can help them in saving $10m.
However, by changing the products, difference would be experienced by the patients. The government is aiming at making the pumps available to the all diabetic patients by 2020. A spokesperson of Pharmac said, "There's three different meters from the CareSens range and they all have slightly different functionality and different sized buttons and different sized read-outs, hopefully that meets the needs of individual patients".
Although there is minute difference in the price of the products, the government can make a difference as it will be buying in bulk. For the very first time, the insulin pumps would be funded by the government. It is hoped that many diabetic patients would be provided with the insulin pumps.