B.C. is in the midst of a fierce public health battle as thousands of people continue to seek out and purchase emergency breast pumps.
The B.A.C.’s Health Insurance Plan (HIP) said Monday that people are now seeking the latest models of breast pumps as it tries to respond to demand and help it respond to the pandemic.
The number of people seeking out the pumps has doubled in recent weeks, the government said.
In its update, the B.M.C.-based government agency said there were more than 5,000 people applying for the new breast pump program this year.
“There are people that have been trying to buy the pump for years and years,” said HOP president, David Anderson.
“It’s just a matter of time before people are going to buy a breast pump and they’re going to have to use it.”
The BIMO’s website says patients can now choose between the IntratheCal and the Freemie pump types.
The IntrathemCal is designed to help patients get relief from the cold and flu, while the Freestyle is designed for people who are allergic to latex.
The Freemia is designed specifically for use in the emergency department, and is compatible with both the Inthecal and Freemius pumps.HOP said the freemia pump can be used for all types of conditions.
“We’re trying to keep up with demand,” said Anderson.
“But as soon as we see it, we will try to make sure we have it in stock for people to get a pump that works well for them.”
The HOP website said people should call its toll-free number at 1-800-663-0404 to get the latest information on which pumps are right for them.