Diabetes mellitus types 1 and 2 is covered under Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs). Standard Care Plan members, diagnosed with diabetes must register with the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE), our contracted Designated Service Provider (DSP), to enable effective management of their condition.
Registering with the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology entitles you to receive:
- Consultations regarding diabetes with a healthcare provider who has specialised training in diabetes management
- Education in diabetes
- Diabetes-related dietitian and podiatrist consultations
- Hospitalisation for acute diabetic emergencies (for example a diabetic coma)
- Laboratory investigations necessary for diabetes management
- An annual screening visit with an ophthalmologist
- All diabetic medicine, including insulin, tablets for diabetes, needles, syringes, testing strips and the supply of reflectance meters.
To register, please phone the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology on 011 053 4400.
If you choose not to use the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, you may continue using your existing healthcare provider, but you will be responsible for 20% of the costs on all diabetic related services (including hospitalisation). You still have to register your chronic condition by phoning 0860 222 633.
If you are registered with the CDE but do not comply with the programme, you will be exempted and a 20% co-payment will apply for all diabetic related services (including hospitalisation).
Type 2 diabetes is often a silent danger – a person can have diabetes for up to 12 years without experiencing any symptoms. This ‘undiagnosed period' can cause a number of diabetes related complications. However, diabetes can be treated and importantly, diabetes can also be prevented. The key is early detection.
The Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE) has, together with Anglo Medical Scheme, developed a web based “one minute” questionnaire for you to identify if you are at risk to develop diabetes or pre-diabetes. You can access the CDE Diabetes Risk Assessment Calculator here. Your data is at all times kept confidential.
Please feel free to allow your family members to also complete this online assessment.
Find more information in the MediBrief article on Pre-Diabetes written by Hamish van Wyk from the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology.