If you live in a province thay pays for the pump, it is not an issue with the doctor not wanting to write a prescription due to the cost to OHIP, it is a matter of qualifying for the pump. You must do this to make sure you know how to use it and you will be safe.
I live in Ontario and the cost of the pump, which is gather is $7,000, is covered by OHIP as well as an annual payment of $2,400 per year to put towards my pump supplies. Therefore, private insurance companies will not pay for the pump or pump supplies. They do however, still cover insulin, strips, needles, etc.
To qualify for the pump I had to find an endo who was on the pump program and attend sessions with the endo, a dietition, a diabetic nurse and an information session on the pump. When they were confident that I had everything under control, I was recommended for a pump. I was monitored for one year and then received my pump.
When I received my pump I was required to attend classes to make sure I was able to operate it safely. That was two years ago, I am now monitored by the Endo twice a year to make sure that I am using the pump correctly and my BG is under control. I need to do this to keep receiving my annual payment from OHIP. If you pay for the pump on your own, I'm not sure how you would do this. I also live in a small town and I travel to a larger centre to the clinic. I found my endo by calling the rep from Medtronics to ask who was on the program because I was given the run around by the local endo. Not all doctors have the knowledge,the staff nor the time to deal with a pump patient.
It is well worth the drive to so see her!