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If you are interested in getting a cgm and don’t meet the qualifying criteria you do have a couple of options to ease the cost:

  • Funded by the HSE. Find out more about this option here.

  • Self Fund

  • Combined Self and HSE Funding

Read Glucose/Flash Sensors Continuous for information on:

  • What are Glucose Sensors / Continuous Glucose Monitors / Cgms

  • CGM devices are available in ireland.

  • CGM qualifying criteria

100% SELF FUND

Not many people are aware of this but anyone can get a cgm! You don’t need a prescription or permission from your diabetes team. That is if you have the money to pay for it! And they are flippin’ expensive!

All of the companies offer a trial before purchase. It’s a lot of money to invest and you should be sure before you have to commit financially.

It’s as simple as going to one of the four websites here and sending an email to them, or making a phone call.

If you do self fund your device you can claim a VAT refund AND an Income Tax Refund for your CGM.

CLAIMING A VAT REFUND

Claim your VAT refund of 23% back from the cost of your Flash/Continuous Glucose Monitor through the reclaim “VAT on aids and appliances for disabled persons" scheme, as diabetes is legally recognised as a disability in order to be included on the Long Term Illness scheme.

This is the link to find out how to Apply for refund of Value-Added Tax (VAT) on aids and appliances for persons with disabilities

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CLAIMING AN INCOME TAX REFUND

You can also claim tax relief on the cost of health expenses. These can be your own health expenses, those of a family member or any individual’s, as long as you paid for them.

You generally receive tax relief for health expenses at your standard rate of tax (20%). Find out more here: How do you Claim health expenses.

Note - The Med 1 is no longer available. Health expenses are claimed through your tax return form.

COMBINED HSE and SELF FUNDING

Combined funding is a combination of covering some of the cost yourself and the HSE agreeing to cover the remainder of the cost. For example, your team might agree to submit an application to have the sensors funded through the Long Term Illness Scheme (LTI) and you cover the cost of the transmitter device. This option requires you to work with your team to come up with a plan that works for everyone.

CGM DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN IRELAND.

See more about each device and also more about the qualifying criteria to have your CGM funded by the HSE here and also