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Insulin Pump Program

Inadequate control of diabetes can lead to serious complications affecting the kidneys, heart and eyes, and may result in frequent hospitalization and poor quality of life. The Saskatchewan Insulin Pump Program helps to eliminate some financial barriers for people 25 years old or under who require an insulin pump to manage their Type 1 diabetes.
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1. Eligibility

  • Must be 25 years old or under.
  • Must have Type 1 diabetes and require a pump to adequately stabilize blood glucose levels.
  • Must not be eligible for benefits under a Federal Government program such as the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program.


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2. Coverage

The Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living (SAIL) program fully covers insulin pumps for eligible individuals. 

  • Coverage will be available for one pump every five years up to the age of 25. It is effective from the date the SAIL program receives your application.

  • During the initial trial period (up to three months), you will select the pump supplier and the pump and pump supplies are provided to you at no charge.
    If you have Special Support coverage, the cost of pump supplies is based on the family deductible and/or co-payments.

  • The government will provide full coverage of pump supplies for: 
    • Individuals aged 17 years old and under, who have coverage under Family Health Benefits.
    • Individuals with coverage under the Supplementary Health Program or certain programs under SAIL.

For those not covered by any of the programs mentioned above, they are responsible for their own pump supplies.

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3. Apply for Coverage

You apply for the Saskatchewan Insulin Pump Program, you must:

  • Be assessed by an endocrinologist or a specialist physician who recommend the use of an insulin pump as a medical necessity;
  • Participate in a regional health authority diabetes education program;
  • Participate in a regional health authority insulin pump information program; and
  • Meet specific medical criteria (link to medical criteria). 

An endocrinologist or a specialist physician who makes recommendations to use an insulin pump as a medical necessity must:

  • Be associated with a regional health authority diabetes program; and
  • Have experience with insulin pump management in individuals 25 years of age and under. 

Following screening, assessment, pump information session and the trial period, a health region’s diabetes education program or a specialist can submit an application on behalf of a patient to SAIL.

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