Animal Bite Treatment Package Launched

IN support of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) today launches its Animal Bite Treatment Package (ABTP) by defraying the cost of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment to all qualified PhilHealth beneficiaries.

The ABTP is worth P3,000.00 and covers the cost of providing Postexposure Prophylaxis (PEP) services such as vaccines, immunoglobulin, antibiotics, and supplies. It primarily covers dog bites, but persons bitten by other domestic animals such as cats and livestock such as cows, pigs, horses, goats, as well as wild animals like bats and monkeys, may be covered.

It can also be availed of for Category III Rabies Exposure that includes trans-dermal bites such as puncture wounds, lacerations and avulsions, or scratches/abrasions with spontaneous bleeding. “The package is also applicable to members who had exposure to rabies patients through bites, contamination of mucous membranes or open skin lesions with body fluids through splattering and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” said PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon.

Also considered for the package are situations brought about by handling of infected carcass, ingestion of raw infected meat, Category II rabies exposure involving the head and neck and patients with repeat exposures.

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