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Insulin Pump Program

The Insulin Pump Program assists with the costs associated with approved insulin pumps and supplies for children and youth who are 18 years of age or younger and are living with type 1 diabetes.

Am I eligible?
You may be eligible for the program if you:

  • are 18 years old or younger,
  • have a valid PEI Health Card,
  • have been referred to the Provincial Diabetes Program, and
  • are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Your diabetes care team with the Provincial Diabetes Program will use a number of medical criteria to evaluate your eligibility [PDF | 91 KB] for the program.

How do I apply?
Your diabetes care team will help you with the registration process:

  1. If you have private medical insurance, contact your provider to determine the level of coverage available and request written confirmation of your coverage which will be used to calculate your co-payment.
  2. Submit a completed Family Contribution and Release of Information form [PDF | 172 KB]. 
  3. Include a recent certified copy of your Canada Revenue Agency Income Tax Return from the previous year for you and your spouse, if applicable.

How much of the cost will be covered?
Depending on your household income and private medical insurance, you may be eligible for up to 90 per cent coverage to assist with the cost of the pump and monthly pump supplies.

The information on the charts below is based on estimate costs for example purposes only.           

 Estimated eligible coverage if you do not have private medical insurance
Annual household income Eligible coverage Pump every 5 years Pump supplies per year
Under $20,000 90% $630 $300
$20,000 to $50,000 80% $1260 $600
$50,000 to $100,000 70% $1890 $900
Greater than $100,000 60% $2520 $1200

Estimated eligible coverage if you do have private medical insurance with 80% coverage
Annual household income Eligible coverage Pump every 5 years Pump supplies per year
Under $20,000 90% $126 $60
$20,000 to $50,000 80% $252 $120
$50,000 to $100,000 70% $378 $180
Greater than $100,000 60% $504 $240

What insulin pump supplies are eligible for coverage?
The following supplies are eligible for coverage:

  • Insulin pump from a government approved vendor (one pump every five years);
  • Infusion sets (maximum 140 sets per year);
  • Reservoirs (maximum 140 per year);
  • Site inserts (maximum one replacement device per year) ;
  • Skin adhesive wipes (maximum 150 per year); and
  • Sterile transparent dressings (maximum 200 per year).

Will I get a refund for the insulin pump I already purchased?
Coverage is not retroactive, you will not be reimbursed for an insulin pump or any insulin pump supplies you purchased prior to July 1, 2014.

What if I move away from PEI?
Your eligibility for this program will end the day you leave PEI to take up residency elsewhere.

What other information is available about the Insulin Pump Program?
The PEI Insulin Pump Program for Children and Youth brochure [PDF | 320 KB] and answers to frequently asked questions [PDF | 279 KB] provide additional information about the Insulin Pump Program.

What other resources are available?

How can I contact the Insulin Pump Program?
Health PEI Insulin Pump Program
Montague Health Centre
407 MacIntyre Avenue
Montague, PE   C0A 1R0
Telephone: (902) 838-0787

How can I contact PEI Pharmacare?
PEI Pharmacare
16 Fitzroy Street
Sullivan Building
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-4947
Toll free: 1-877-577-3737

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