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Old Feb 16th 2013, 6:52 pm
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Hi there im a type 1 diabetic and was hoping someone on here could maybe fill me in on their routine with getting their prescriptions and how they went about getting the right insulin over there? Cheers Ben
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Old Feb 16th 2013, 11:48 pm
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Unfortunately NZ has a really high incidence of diabetes both type 1 and 2. The point I'm making therefore is that there is some of the best care in the world here, and they reckon if there's ever a cure it will be discovered in NZ.

So I don't see your care and needs as a problem. Pop along to your new NZ GP when you arrive and you'll immediately be taken care of. Also there is a dedicated diabetes society and expert doctors at the centre in Hagley Park.

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Hi Ben
I'm a Diabetes Specialist Nurse working in Auckalnd, here unlike the UK you have pay for your insulin prescriptions. Not sure which insulin you use we don't have Detemir ( levemir) available on prescription although we do have lantus.
Re testing - only the care sense meter is funded so if you are using accucheck or optium you will have switch meters.
Happy to help if you need further information
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Hi, thank you both very much for the replies. very reassuring!

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I,m type 2 and my metformin and glicacide are only 3 bux each for a 3 month supply


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Hi Ben,
Our son is type 1. Stock up before you come on needles, insulin and your test strips ect before you come. Just to give you time to find a service your happy with. Our son has just been moved from the children's to adult care. You should be able to be seen be a specialist diabetic nurse and doctor once every 3 months who will see you free and give you a free prescription to last you till your next appointment. The script will then cost you $3 per item ($5) out of hours. Any additional scripts after seeing you once your GP will prescribe if needed usually for about $16.
Our son is on Novarapid and Lantus (was on Levemir in UK) but he did not notice any problems with the change.
Just one thing our son was horribly ill with the long flight, sick and unable to control his levels. So bad that having done the flight twice I would never do it in one hit again with him. Just a thought.
Let me know if I can help anymore.
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