PhilHealth assures PHP10-K detox package for drug users

MANILA-- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Friday assured that a medical detoxification package is available to members and their dependents who are trying to kick their drug habit.

PhilHealth Acting President and CEO Ramon Aristoza Jr. said the detox package, which amounts to PHP10,000, is articulated in PhilHealth Circular No. 2016-0030 as the company's contribution to the government's fight against illegal drugs.

Aristoza said that through the package, PhilHealth will ensure that drug users are given medical interventions to enable them to manage the physical symptoms of withdrawal. He however emphasized that medical detoxification is only the first stage to effective drug addiction treatment.

"The success of medical detoxification depends on the collaborative and concerted efforts of pertinent agencies that shall address the challenges of drug addiction in terms of the personal, health and societal aspects of drug rehabilitation," he added.

The package is available to PhilHealth members who are addicted to amphetamine-type stimulants, such as methamphetamine, cocaine or ecstasy or a combination of these.

Aristoza said all eligible PhilHealth members and their dependents can avail themselves of the package as a one-time benefit, emphasizing that the "No Balance Billing policy will be applied at all times to indigent, sponsored, 'kasambahay' (domestic workers), lifetime and senior citizen members who are admitted in ward accommodation in accredited government Health Care Institutions (HCIs)".

On the other hand, PhilHealth members who are admitted in government HCIs but are not eligible to the No Balance Billing will be required to have a co-payment that should not exceed the package rate.

Payments for the detox package can be made in a single tranche to the accredited HCI.

The package is available in all accredited levels 1, 2 and 3 government hospitals and in Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers that are licensed or certified by the Department of Health and accredited by PhilHealth. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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