It’s good that finally Philhealth has decided to cover rabies treatment, dog bites and bites from other animals such as monkeys, bats, horses, cows, pigs and goats.
It called this coverage Animal Bite Treatment Package or ABTP, and it’s worth 3,000 pesos. It’s not much, as it will cover only one or two sets of treatments from private medical providers, but it’s a start.
It’s also a post-exposure prophylaxis package, so hindi puedeng gamitin for plain vaccination or immunization purposes — yong for protection or for prevention.
The ABTP covers treatments for the following:
1. Animal bites
2. Transdermal bites such as lacerations, puncture wounds, or scratches with spontaneous bleeding
3. Exposure to rabies patients due to situations such as:
– bites from rabies patients
– contamination of open skin lesions or mucous membranes with body fluids from rabies patients through splattering
– mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for rabies patients
4. Exposure to rabies in situations such as:
– handling of infected carcass
– ingestion of infected raw meat
– involvement of the head and neck
– repeat exposures to rabies
The ABTP covers services such as the following:
– other medical supplies
How can members avail of the ABTP?
Go to the Animal Bite Treatment Centers of private and government hospitals that have committed to provide the ABTP package.
Philhealth will pay the ABTP package directly to these centers.
Who are eligible for ABTP?
Every member who has paid at least three monthly contributions within the 6-month period prior to month of treatment.
For OFWs and sponsored members, date of treatment should be within the validity dates written on their ID cards or Member Data Records.
For lifetime members, they only need to present their LMP ID cards.
How is ABTP counted against the 45-Day Benefit Limit for Each Member Per Year?
The ABTP is counted as One Day, so 1 day is deducted from the 45-day allotment.