Friday, November 22, 2013

Canadian Disability Tax Credit For Insulin Users

The Canadian government has made a tax credit available to Insulin dependent Diabetics but there is a catch:

The Disability Tax Credit is a credit offered by Revenue Canada to those of who have a severe mental or physical impairment which markedly restricts the basic activities of daily living and/or need and dedicate time for Life Sustaining Therapy (Therapy that must occur at least 3 times per week for more than 14 hours per week).  

But what is an Intensive Insulin Management System?

This means that you are taking more than 1 or 2 injections of insulin per day,  you are monitoring your blood glucose levels 6 or more times per day, you are monitoring your carbohydrate income to match your insulin needs, and you are keeping detailed data on trends and patterns for your diabetes care.

You would have to be a statistician or a mathematician to extract anything more than simple information from these complex disjoint sets of real life data. 

14 hours a week and still no clue what that results will be of eating that extra piece of deep dip pizza? Yet how do you continually comply over the years if you really have no idea of what it all means?

Compliance easy to say but even with the grave consequences extremely difficult to achieve for all but a short period of time!

Wake Up Calls Some Are Very Sad

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