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I'd like to know what the standard procedure is in PI. if a person is diagnosed with active TB. and they don't have money for treatment.

Does the goverment supply the drugs free of charge?

Nope. You have to really on the charity of others.

You better hope you have relatives in the US you can hit up for money.

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I'd like to know what the standard procedure is in PI. if a person is diagnosed with active TB. and they don't have money for treatment.

Does the goverment supply the drugs free of charge?

There really is no standard procedure in the Philippines. Some government hospitals may offer TB treatment free of charge, others may not.

When I was rotating at San Lazaro hospital, in Sta. Cruz, they offered DOTS TB treatment...free to their patients. Patients would not be given drugs to take home. Rather, they would go to the hospital/rural health clinic and be given directly observed therapy, short course (DOTS). Other rural health centers offer the same. Some private hospitals may offer free treatment...but this is usually reserved for indigent/charity cases.

Hope this helps! :thumbs:


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I can only speak from our place but I'm sure about the DOH program called DOTS.I worked before in our local rural health unit.treatment for TB is absolutely free. We call it "tutok gamutan".if u have a 2 or more weeks cough,the laboratory of the health center will automaticaly request for sputom exam.once ur positive, a letter will sent to patient for appointment .then, health worker from the barangay of the pt.accompany that patient to the health center.this health worker will be the patient's partner with the whole treatment.the health worker will monitor and make sure the patient take the medication.the whole treatment is absolutely free.


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