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BC is expanding healthcare coverage for people living with diabetes.

Health Minister Adrian Dix announcing earlier today that the province will lift an age restriction on coverage for insulin pumps, computerized devices that help insulin-dependent diabetics control their blood sugar levels.

"Up to now, many people over 25 years old, who rely on an insulin pump to manage their chronic disease, have been forced to make the difficult choice between purchasing this device for their health, or foregoing it due to cost. Going forward, they won't be put in this position."

Dix says insulin pumps cost as much as $7,000 and need to be replaced about every five years.

Approximately 485,000 British Columbians live with diabetes.

The change takes effect next month.

 

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