Liberals’ Plan for a stronger Tasmania: diabetes support welcomed


Investing more into health is a key part of the Liberals’ Plan for a stronger Tasmania.

Type 1 diabetes affects over 3,000 Tasmanians. Not only is it a serious, life-threatening condition, it can be expensive to treat.

Yesterday, the Liberals outlined a Plan to save Tasmanian diabetes patients thousands of dollars each year.

Liberal candidate for Lyons, Susie Bower, said the Plan will help Tasmanians with Type 1 diabetes in Tasmania.

“The centrepiece of the Plan is a $273 million commitment to cut the cost of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) for all Tasmanians,” Ms Bower said.

“This means everyone who needs it will have access to CGM and Flash Glucose Monitoring devices under the National Diabetes Services Scheme from 1 July 2022 for a maximum of $32.50 each month, equivalent to the cost they would already be incurring when using blood glucose test strips.

“Without our Plan, these devices could cost as much as $5,000 per year.

“Saving diabetes patients thousands of dollars each year, boosting record investments in health research and making even more medicines cheaper for more patients are key to a re-elected Liberal Government’s Plan to secure the future of the healthcare system.

“However, you can only make investments like this if you have a strong economy, which is exactly what a re-elected Liberal Government will deliver.”