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Coverage for kidney failure treatment expanded

Jun 29. 2019
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By The Nation

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The Social Welfare Fund has expanded benefits for workers to cover the high cost of kidney failure treatment.

Ananchai Uthaipattanacheep, secretary general of Social Welfare Office, said kidney failure patients, who are insured under the fund, are eligible for normal dialysis treatment at Bt1,500 per treatment but the cost is limited to Bt4,500 per two weeks.

Patients who are insured under the social welfare scheme are also eligible for continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) at a cost of Bt20,000 per month, he added.

Patients are also eligible for the medical cost of a kidney transplant and the cost of an immune control drug throughout their life, Anachai added.

Those eligible for a kidney transplant must be diagnosed to be in the last stage of kidney failure, based on the levels of their serum bun and serum creatinine, he added.

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