TORONTO - A new study says Ontario could save tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars by cutting back on the number of unnecessary glucose tests people with Type 2 diabetes perform weekly.
The study suggests the amount the province will have to spend on glucose test strips over the next five years could be cut by between $26 million and $300 million, depending on how often people are told to test their glucose levels.
The changes, if implemented, would not apply to people with Type 1 diabetes or people who control Type 2 diabetes with insulin.
Tara Gomes, author of the paper appearing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, says studies have shown the multiple-times-a-day glucose testing recommended for people with Type 2 diabetes doesn't actually improve their glucose control and can trigger anxiety and depression.
She says cutting the number of tests back to twice a week or something in that range would not increase the risk to the individuals but would save the Ontario government large sums.