PhilHealth mulls thyroid hormone test coverage

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The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Monday said it will mull over a suggestion of a Health official to include thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) tests in their “Tsekap” package.

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“PhilHealth has coverages for thyroid disorders like thyroidectomy and for goiter. Thyroid hormones are excluded but we will study if they could be included in the Tsekap package,” Dr. Israel Pargas, officer-in-charge and vice president for corporate affairs said.

The primary care benefits (PCB) or ‘Tsekap’ (Tamang Serbisyo sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya) package includes diagnostic examinations and medicines for up to 10 diseases.
This is available to indigent and sponsored PhilHealth members.

Recently, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary for Health Regulation Paulyn Rosell-Ubial expressed that she wants to push for the inclusion of TSH blood tests in the PCB package for easier diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders.

Thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and goiter are usually caused by iodine deficiency and affects 8.9 percent of the population, most of them women.

These types of disorders are mostly unrecognized and untreated because they mimic other diseases and disorders.

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