Those who suffer from diabetes could start paying more for glucose test strips to monitor their blood sugar, if or when they go over their drug plan limit.
As of August 1, the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan for seniors reduced the amount of free test strips from unlimited to 400 per year. The cut is expected to save $25-million dollars annually.
One man told the Toronto Sun, the cuts will cost him $1,000 per year to purchase the test strips.
Pharmacists decide the number of glucose test strips each person receives per year based on a diabetic person’s medication history.
Blood Glucose test strips can range in price from as low as $9 to as high as $135.