Philhealth en­hances in­fant ben­e­fits

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

THE Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion (Philhealth) has ex­panded its es­sen­tial health ser­vices cov­er­age for new­borns start­ing Jan­uary 5 in a bid to en­able early de­tec­tion and man­age­ment of more con­gen­i­tal dis­or­ders.

Based on Philhealth Cir­cu­lar 2018-0021, the state health in­surer is in­tro­duc­ing the en­hanced New­born Care Pack­age, which in­creases the amount of cov­er­age from P1,750 to P2,950.

“This shall pay for sup­plies for es­sen­tial new­born care such as Vi­ta­min K, eye oint­ment, vac­cines for hep­ati­tis B and BCG; ex­panded New­born Screen­ing test; New­born Hear­ing Screen­ing Test; and fees for at­tend­ing pro­fes­sion­als,” said Philhealth.

The es­sen­tial new­born care will in­clude the im­me­di­ate dry­ing of the baby, early skin to skin con­tact, timely cord clamp­ing, non-sepa­ra­tion of mother/baby for early breast­feed­ing ini­ti­a­tion, and weigh­ing of the baby, among oth­ers.

On the other hand, the ex­panded new­born screen­ing test will en­able the de­tec­tion of en­docrine, amino and fatty acid dis­or­ders, or­ganic acid, urea cy­cle de­fect, cys­tic fi­bro­sis, hemoglobinopathies, bi­o­tinidase de­fi­ciency, and other dis­or­ders.

“Philhealth en­cour­ages all ac­tive and ex­pect­ing Philhealth mem­bers to avail [them­selves] of the said pack­age in or­der to pro­vide new­borns with the needed ser­vices that will help

re­duce mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity and elim­i­nate the costs as­so­ci­ated with treat­ment and care of life­long de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tions,” said the agency.

The Philhealth Cir­cu­lar stressed that the en­hanced pack­age shall be dis­pensed to qual­i­fied new­borns de­liv­ered in all ac­cred­ited health care in­sti­tu­tions that per­form de­liv­er­ies and pro­vide new­born care, such as hos­pi­tals, in­fir­maries/dis­pen­saries, and birthing homes/ly­ing-in clin­ics.

To en­sure en­ti­tle­ment to the said ben­e­fit, Philhealth said new­borns need to be in the fa­cil­ity for at least 24 hours after birth, ex­cept those who war­rant im­me­di­ate re­fer­ral to a higher level fa­cil­ity./ Sunstar Philip­pines

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