Change to test strips subsidy takes effect

Thursday, 5 January 2017

From January 2017 people with non-insulin-treated type 2 diabetes will need a health professional to confirm their clinical need for subsidised blood glucose test strips if they wish to continue with home testing.

Following the Australian Government’s decision to delist blood glucose test strips from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) people must present a Blood Glucose Test Strip Six Month Approval form to continue to access subsidised strips from the NDSS. If you have type 2 diabetes and do not use insulin, you will be required to present this form, signed by your health professional, to continue your access to subsidised strips. The form will need to be completed every six months.

Please note a six-month supply is equivalent to 900 strips, so is more than adequate for those testing twice a day. If you are concerned please call our Helpline on 1300 342 238 or watch this video for more information. Click here to download a Blood Glucose Test Strip Six Month Approval form.

You can learn more about the NDSS changes here.

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