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NHF Now Offers Subsidies For Respiratory Devices- Spacers And Masks For Its Cardholders With Asthma

NHF Now Offers Subsidies For Respiratory Devices- Spacers And Masks For Its Cardholders With Asthma

Nearly 32,000 beneficiaries who are living with asthma and are enrolled with the National Health Fund (NHFCard) now have access to subsidies for Spacers and Masks, which are respiratory devices to help deliver asthma medication more efficiently to the lungs.

The NHF Subsidy for a Spacer is $604.66 and for a Mask $371.28. The subsidy for a combination of Spacer and Mask is $975.94. Effective from January 20, 2011, NHF beneficiaries enrolled for asthma will be allowed one Spacer every three years and one mask every year.

Spacers and Masks are used by children and adults, along with their inhaler, to facilitate the effective delivery of the inhaled doses of medication to the lungs. These devices are particularly beneficial to children and the elderly, as they usually have great difficulty mastering the inhaler technique, which can lead to wastage of the medication and life threatening complications, due to poor asthma control.

The Spacers and Masks being offered on the NHF programme are: Volumatic Spacer (Adult); Zerostat-LAS Spacer; Spacer-H2K; Able Spacer; Able Spacer Mask –Infant; Able Spacer Mask –Child; Able Spacer Mask- Adult; Baby Mask-H2K; Baby Mask-LAS; Aerochamber Plus Spacer and Mask –Infant; Aerochamber Plus Spacer and Mask -Paediatric; Aerochamber Adult Spacer and Mouthpiece.

Mr. Hugh Lawson, CEO, NHF says, “We decided to provide subsidies for Spacers and Masks used by asthmatics in the delivery of inhaled medication based on requests we have been receiving and on the recommendation from the Medical Review Committee of the Board.” The CEO says he anticipates that the addition of these benefits will have a positive impact on the treatment of asthma and improve the quality of life for asthma patients.

In 2010, beneficiaries enrolled for asthma filled just under 45,000 prescriptions using their NHF card and NHF provided a subsidy of approximately $48 million for these prescriptions.

For further information contact:

Rosemarie Lee, Tel. 906-1106 or 535-0909

Shermaine Robotham, Tel. 322- 0809

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