Late last year the Diabetic South African community started a petition. The first time people with diabetes in SA all united for a single cause: to empower diabetics to control their blood sugar by covering the FreeStyle Libre on SA medical aids.
Why a Freestyle Libre petition? Because the Libre is the most affordable CGM currently on the market: R1980 a month with no upfront costs. That’s still far beyond what most people can afford, and at present it isn’t covered at all by medical aids. Hopefully that’s about to change… The end result we’re aiming for is a ‘diabetes tech’ amount as part of the PMB (Prescribed Minimum Benefits) bundle for people with diabetes. This amount could be spent on the FreeStyle Libre or to cover any CGM you choose.
We sent the FreeStyle Libre petition to all the major medical aids, and had meetings with Discovery, Momentum and Medscheme. While all three expressed interest, Discovery has since moved forward by meeting with Abbott, the manufacturers of the Libre, and working out a deal. This will either be a pilot to test the project, or access to the Libre if you meet certain requirements – we’re not sure yet.
What is particularly exciting is that Discovery is responding on social media about moving forward with diabetes tech. Take a look below at the response one of our diabetes advocates got from Discovery.
Response from Discovery: discovery_sa
We are holding fingers and thumbs that we can soon report on a positive outcome and that Discovery chooses to be the industry leader in diabetes in South Africa. Watch this space!