Diabetes Queensland debunks viral Facebook post

IF YOUR blood has reached boiling point in recent weeks after seeing Facebook posts about the subsidy being removed for diabetic blood test strips, it's time to calm down.

The post, which has gone viral, reads, "I would like to highlight the government removing the subsidy for blood test strips.

"Diabetics need very frequent blood testing per day.

"The cost of strips is $70 outcome reduced blood glucose testing and more hospital admissions from hyper or hypo glycemic diabetes.

"Will you post it for one hour to honour those who have fought or are living with diabetes?"

Diabetes Queensland spokesman Cameron Thompson said while there was a small element of truth in the posts, people should look into the problem before jumping on Facebook protest bandwagons.

He said the misconception was caused by a recent ruling that diabetics would need to see their doctor every six months in order to continue receiving the subsidy.

There was at no stage any plan to remove it completely.

Mr Thompson said Diabetes Queensland hoped it would lead to better quality of care for Toowoomba residents living with the condition.

"There has been a big hullaballoo on Facebook, but in reality, it's not going to be that significant," he said.

"If you have type one diabetes, there will be no impact.

"If you have type two diabetes and are on insulin, there will be no impact.

"But if you have type two diabetes and are not on insulin, it will have a very minor effect.

"Currently everyone gets test strips subsidised by the government, but this change means that in order for you to keep receiving your strips, you have to see a doctor every six months.

"Doctors want to see people testing themselves regularly, so I don't think there is a doctor in the world who would deny the subsidy to someone with diabetes."

He said the move was initially questioned by Diabetes Queensland, but the organisation felt in the end it was actually a good thing that might lead to people being more engaged in their healthcare.

He said diabetes was a condition people live with daily and the more knowledgeable people were about their condition, the better off they would be.

He said it was also reasonable that a person with diabetes would already see their doctor at least once every six months.

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