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      Diabetes type 2 - how much for medication anyone know ???

      Hi,
      After 12 months of starting our application, hopefully we are nearly there ! we are just about to have our medicals and had a question about the cost of diabetic medication.
      My husband is Type 2, which is controlled with metformin tablets. Over here although we pay for perscriptions, he is exempt because of the Diabetes.
      Wondered if anyone knows the cost of buying them in Oz ? will we have to buy ? will this be covered in the medical insurance that i think we will have to take out (another query !).


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      it will be a normal prescrption cost if its under the pbs list approx $32.00 a script it wont be covered by your health insurance
      if your hubby had diabites type 2 it will be classed as pre existing condition so look carefully into it as they often dont cover pre existing conditions or if they do there is a time frame before you can claim
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      Quote Originally Posted by wanda&wayne View Post
      Hi,
      After 12 months of starting our application, hopefully we are nearly there ! we are just about to have our medicals and had a question about the cost of diabetic medication.
      My husband is Type 2, which is controlled with metformin tablets. Over here although we pay for perscriptions, he is exempt because of the Diabetes.
      Wondered if anyone knows the cost of buying them in Oz ? will we have to buy ? will this be covered in the medical insurance that i think we will have to take out (another query !).


      Hello wanda&wayne

      I too am diabetic but i am type 1.
      I have just been doing a bit of a search myself about how much it is going to cost us for my meds etc.
      Take a look here www.pbs.gov.au it allows you to search a particular drug to get an idea of the maximum you would be expected to pay.

      I must admit i was a little worried that i would be expected to pay $32 per script which over a month would turn out to be very expensive. However one of my insulins that i searched stated that on each script i would be given 6mths supply.

      On the site it also mentioned that if you are a concession card holder your meds are even cheaper. I dont know if anyone else on PIO can shed any light on it..... in the meantime im off to search it out.


      Hope this helps

      Mel
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      Doh i think concession is for those that have been on the planet a little longer than me
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      National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)




      The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered by Diabetes Australia.
      Through the administration of the NDSS, Diabetes Australia provides practical assistance, information and subsidised products to approximately 900,000 Australians diagnosed with diabetes.
      Register with the NDSS

      To register with the NDSS, applicants must be diagnosed with diabetes and hold or be eligible to hold a Medicare card and live in Australia. Sometimes visitors to Australia may be eligible through a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with their home country.

      People who are registered with the NDSS can access a range of subsidised Government approved products including:
      • subsidised testing strips for checking blood gluclose levels
      • free insulin syringes and pen-needles (if you require insulin)
      • subsidised insulin pump consumables (IPCs)
      • information services on managing life with diabetes.
      Registration is free.

      Eligible persons can only be registered by their doctor or a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE). For more information visit the NDSS website.
      VISIT www.ndss.com.au
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      Diabetes medication

      I am a Type 2 diabetic on Diabex -XR 500mg tabs = metformin hydrochoride 500mg. Each pack of 90 costs $19.05. I get a 6 month supply prescription so 1 repeat as I take just one a day. You will get no discounts and the DSS scheme is good for the everyday parafanalia but drugs is different.

      Good luck
      Sarah

     

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