Huons cuts price of Dexcom G6 glucose monitoring system
A continuous glucose monitoring systems, or CGMS, is a device that constantly measures the blood sugar level of a diabetic patient. Dexcom G6 is a wearable CGMS that automatically checks the user’s blood sugar level around the clock, is easy to use and compact in size. It is one of the most preferred models in the market.
Huons, the official Korean distributor of Dexcom G6, plans to reduce the price of Dexcom G6 starting from July 1. Huons aims to make Dexcom G6 more affordable — even at the expense of its own profit margin — the company says, so that CGMS is easily accessible to a larger number of patients.
The markdown would lessen the burden for diabetic patients, especially those who are economically marginalized.
Currently, the Korean National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) reimburses only part of the cost for CGMS in the case of type 1 diabetes patients, while type 2 diabetes patients are not eligible for the reimbursement.
Huons plans to adjust the price in accordance with the standard price set by the NHIS.
Huons’ decision to make Dexcom G6 more affordable would ease the burden by 50 percent for type 1 diabetes patients and 22 percent for type 2 patients. Among type 1 diabetes patients, those from lower income families would not have to pay at all since the cost will be completely reimbursed.
Diabetics have to monitor their blood sugar level by drawing their own blood up to 10 times a day. However, it is hard to keep track of blood sugar levels through such measuring methods, not to mention the difficulty of checking blood sugar levels during a busy day.
Dexcom G6 does not require any blood because the device monitors the blood sugar level via a sensor located beneath the subcutaneous fat. The sensor gathers accurate data once every 5 minutes, 288 times a day, and automatically transmits the data to the user’s smartphone or receiver.
Patients can monitor their blood sugar level and its fluctuations by looking at a graph.
Huons also provides a broad range of personalized services and offers an education session taught by a registered nurse, the company added.
By Shin Ha-nee email@example.com