Ontario Announces Public Coverage for the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring System under the Assistive Devices Program
Dexcom CGM use is proven to improve glycemic control1,2 and can reduce the risk of costly long-term diabetes-related complications compared to fingerstick monitoring.3
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The Dexcom G6 CGM System will be covered through Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program for people living with type 1 diabetes who are over 2 years of age and meet coverage criteria. The back of the upper arm insertion site is for ages 18 and older. (Photo: Business Wire)
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“Real-time CGM is an essential tool for people managing their diabetes, protection from high and low glucose events leads to more time spent in the target range, allowing people with diabetes to live fuller lives and prevent long term complications. During the pandemic I have moved to almost all virtual visits with my patients. The Dexcom G6 CGM System allows patients to share the trend data of their glucose levels, allowing me to track my patients even when I can’t see them in person and provide personalized care. Access to this technology will be critically important in the wake of COVID 19 as the health care system tries to recover.” — Dr.
“We are pleased with this important step forward. Timely and affordable access to real-time CGM is a priority for JDRF as all people on intensive insulin therapy are entitled to the standard of care that can help them reduce A1C, increase Time in Range, reduce duration and incidence of hypoglycemia and improve quality of life.” —
The Dexcom G6 CGM System includes a small, wearable sensor that measures glucose just below the skin; a transmitter to send glucose levels continuously and wirelessly to a display device; and a compatible smart device* or receiver that displays real-time glucose data to users without the need for calibration† or scanning. The Dexcom G6 CGM System provides users with real-time alerts, including a predictive Urgent Low Soon alert that can warn the user in advance of hypoglycemia — giving them time to take appropriate action before it occurs. With the use of the Dexcom Follow App‡, parents and caregivers can also access their loved one’s glucose levels remotely and be alerted if they are going out of their target glucose range.
In 2021, the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines review committee updated its recommendations for glucose monitoring, stating that real-time CGM (rtCGM), like the Dexcom G6, should be used by individuals with type 1 diabetes treated with basal-bolus insulin injections or an insulin pump in order to reduce A1C and increase time in range, reduce duration and incidence of hypoglycemia and, in adults, improve quality of life.5 The guidelines also state that adults living with type 2 diabetes using basal-bolus and not at target may use rtCGM to reduce A1C and duration of hypoglycemia.6
For more details on how to qualify for ADP coverage, please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/assistive-devices-program or talk to your doctor or diabetes care team to see if the Dexcom G6 CGM System is the right option for your diabetes management.
† If your glucose alerts and readings from the G6 do not match symptoms or expectations, use a blood glucose meter to make diabetes treatment decisions.
* For a list of compatible devices, please visit dexcom.com/compatibility
‡ Following requires the Dexcom Follow App and an Internet connection. Followers should always confirm readings on the Dexcom G6 App or Receiver before making diabetes treatment decisions.
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