Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacterial infection, usually affecting the lungs. The bacteria is highly contagious and can be passed on to others through coughing and sneezing, even through the accidental spread of saliva when laughing, singing, and spitting. In 2012, it was reported to be the 6th leading cause of death with about 200,000 to 600,000 Filipinos having the bacteria in its active state in their system.
In spite of these seemingly bad news about the said disease, TB can be cured through effective anti-tuberculosis drugs, made available through national and local government health centers. These are likewise made more affordable even when bought from private hospitals and pharmacies through the Generic Law.
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or Philhealth offers the Tuberculosis – Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (TB-DOTS) Benefit Package, worth P4,000, for members diagnosed with the disease.
Below is a summary of the package’s inclusions and how a Philhealth member can avail of the program.
- Diagnostic Exams
- Information and advice on the patient’s health and treatment progress
The TB-DOTS package is available to all PhilHealth members and their qualified dependents who are likewise suffering from TB and requiring medical attention. All they need to do is visit the nearest PhilHealth accredited TB-DOTS center in their area; you may ask for information on center locations in your barangay hall.
TB, although highly communicable, can now be easily cured with the right kind of medications. Regular visits to your doctor will also help you determine how your system is responding to treatment. To ensure that you get the proper treatment, visit the nearest Philhealth-accredited medical center in your area.