Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:43
The Zamboanga City Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) has revealed that the office now has a new product called the Animal Bite package.
The Chief of the PhilHealth Social Insurance, Nadzmier Sajili said, “The Animal Bite Package was released because PhilHealth is expanding the benefits based on the clamor of the members.”
Pursuant to Section 38 of RA 7875 as amended by RA 9241, the Corporation shall continuously endeavor to improve the benefit package to meet the needs of the members. In view of RA 9482, otherwise known as the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, the Department of Health (DOH), through Administrative Order Numbers 2007-0029 and 2009-0027, provided for the Revised Guidelines on the Management of Animal Bite Patients and its amendment.
In order to compliment this initiative, PhilHealth, through Board Resolution No. 1585 s.2012, shall provide the Animal Bite Treatment Package for all qualified beneficiaries.
The package aims to support the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program by defraying the cost of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) treatment to animal bite patients who are PhilHealth beneficiaries.
PhilHealth Circular 15, s. 2012 was signed last April 17, 2012 by PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Eduardo Banzon.
PhilHealth members together with their beneficiaries who were victims of animal bite may now avail of the said package.
The new package will be implemented in all PhilHealth Accredited Hospitals in this Region who were accredited by the DOH as Animal Bite Center effective this month.
The Animal Bite Treatment Package is composed of P2,700 for the purchase of the drugs and P300 health staff service fee.
This new package is in addition to the earlier package of the PhilHealth released last year which includes 11 medical cases which includes Dengue Fever I and II, Pneumonia I and II, Essential Hypertension, Cerebral Infraction, Cerebro-Vascular Accident, Acute Gastroenteritis, Asthma, Typhoid Fever, and the Newborn Care Package in hospitals and lying in clinics and 12 surgical cases to include Radiotherapy, Hemodialysis, differentMaternity Care Packages, Caesarean Section, Appendectomy, Cholecystectomy, Dilatation and Curettage, Thyroidectomy, Herniorrhaphy, Mastectomy,Hysterectomy, and Cataract Surgery.
In this City, there is a total of 276,854 PhilHealth members which consist of PhilHealth members under the sponsored program, the self employed, employed, and the Overseas Filipino Workers.
The city has around 32,000 persons under the PhilHealth program either sponsored by Mayor Celso Lobregat, Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and 1st District Congresswoman Maria Isabelle Climaco and 2nd District Congressman Erbie Fabian.
By: R.G. Antonet Go
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