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25 August 2009

Medical Privileges for PWDs

The Department of Health finally signs the provisions of medical and related discounts and special privileges for persons with disabilities or DOH Administrative Order#2009-0011 on May 20, 2009.

This is in line with the RA 9442 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities, providing for the rehabilitation, self-development and self-reliance of PWDs in their integration into the mainstream society.

This specifically required the DOH to institute a national health program for PWDs among others, adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to the health and development of PWDs which shall make essential health services available to them at affordable cost.

Persons with disabilities, with valid PWD IDs and Medicine Purchase Slip Booklet can now avail of the privileges. Click here to view the complete list of cities and municipalities issuing PWD cards around the Philippines.

PWDs shall be entitled to the following:

1. At least 20% discount for the purchase of medicines (branded or unbranded generic) in all drugstores/establishments dispensing medicines for the exclusive use or enjoyment of PWD

2. At least 20% discount on medical and dental services including diagnostic and laboratory fees such as, but not limited to x-rays, CT scans and blood tests, in all government facilities, professional fees of attending doctors in all private hospitals and medical facilities

3. All PWDs are granted the privilege of 20% discount in all private hospitals and medical facilities for the costs of medical, dental, rehabilitation, occupational and physical and speech therapies or services

Two local daily news have published the Administrative Order last May 31, 2009, in Manila Bulletin and Philippine Daily Inquirer. To read the complete copy of the DOH AO click here. For more information please contact DOH Degenerative Disease Office (+632) 743-8301 to 23.

Among the provisions for the Penalty and Sanctions are also mentioned in the said Administrative Order. National Council for Disability Affairs is the government agency responsible for the oversight of the law.

For further Information contact the National Council on Disability Affairs at Telephone numbers (632) 9522809, (632) 9515013, (632) 9515925NCDA email address: council@ncda.gov.ph NCDA website: http://www.ncda.gov.ph

1 comments:

Mae said...

ying to click "here" for more info pero di yata accessible. My 4 y/0 son is autistic also and i wanted to find out his privileges.thanks!

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