PhilHealth package to benefit drug dependents

PhilHealth package to benefit drug dependents
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Amidst the drug on war in the country, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is planning to expand its package to help drug dependents who will be undergoing rehabilitation.

According to PhilHealth acting president and chief executive officer Ramon Aristoza Jr., they are already working on a medical detoxification package. This could safely manage the withdrawal symptoms of those who were associated with drug use.

They are working with the Department of Health in drafting the guidelines for the benefit package.

According to the World Health Organization, withdrawal syndrome may occur during the stopping or reduction of use of psychoactive substance that were repeatedly taken before in high doses for a long period of time. Signs of physiological disturbance may also occur.

Runny nose, excessive tear formation, muscle ache, chills, gooseflesh, and muscle and abdominal cramps usually characterize opioid withdrawal. These are among the components that Philhealth is paying for under the All Case Rate payment scheme.

Aristoza said that hospital confinement related to drug abuse are paid for under the existing benefit package of Philhealth. 

Meanwhile, Philhealth senior vice president for health finance policy sector Ruben John Basa said that in the past two years, the corporation has paid around P25 million in benefit packages for drug-related disorders. ASCS

Source: Philstar