PhilHealth offers package for children with disabilities

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. 

We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

Alarmingly, according to the National Autism Association, 1 in 68 children is affected by autism.

In the Philippines, free therapy can now be availed by children with autism and other developmental disabilities through the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

Benefit package was launched last Friday as part of the efforts to provide financial protection for all Filipinos.

“We are introducing this Z benefit package which is an improved, rationalized and relevant benefit for children with disabilities mainly to prevent the catastrophic spending of the poor and marginalized who are enrolled in the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) while ensuring quality healthcare services,” said PhilHealth officer-in-charge Ma. Jude dela Serna.

According to her, early diagnosis and intervention is important in mitigating the impact of developmental disability—the delay or deviation in motor, communication, social, emotional or behavioral development of a child.

Children with disabilities, she explained, can use the package, which may range from P3,626 to P5,276, to avail themselves of assessment and planning by medical specialist and allied health professionals such as occupational, physical and speech therapists using applicable standardized tests, including rehabilitation therapy.


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