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Board wants to require plans to offer home treatment of cancer

Companies must offer flat covering chemotherapy oral use and costs for drug side effects

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Senator Ana Amelia (PP-RS), author of the project
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Senator Ana Amelia (PP-RS), author of the project

Health plans will be required to cover the use of domiciliary chemotherapy to oral cancer patient and the cost of drugs used by patients, such as hormone replacement. Today (28), the Commission for Consumer Protection of the House passed bill that addresses the subject.

Authored by Senator Ana Amelia (PP-RS), the proposal is now to analyze the Committee on Constitution and Justice, conclusive character, ie, if approved, will the presidential approval without the need to vote by the full House .

According to the proposal rapporteur, Mr Reguffe (PDT-DF), the measure could represent savings of £ 175 million for the National Health System (SUS). With the economy [of resources] will be possible to acquire 58 radiotherapy equipment, one of the main shortcomings of the public health system, or build 580 health centers, estimated the rapporteur in his opinion.

Currently, according to the deputy, 40% of cancer treatments are oral and done at home. The percentage is expected to double in 15 years. This shows that the law should follow the scientific innovations, he said.

For the text, health plans will be required to offer plans that include outpatient care, treatment of cancer chemotherapy and household use oral medications to control adverse effects related to treatment.

In the case of plans that include hospitalization, the proposal requires coverage for treatment of cancer chemotherapy outpatient and home care, radiotherapy and blood transfusion procedures in order to ensure continuity of care during hospitalization.

In addition to consumer detriment beneficiary health plan, the problem of oral cancer treatment has caused negative impact to the SUS, which ends up getting the unmet demand of health plans, causing more costs to the public system, which already faces unprecedented financial crisis in history, he said.

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