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As of today (29), health plan will be required to cover test that detects antibodies against Covid-19
This Monday, the National Supplementary Health Agency (ANS) included) the serological test for coronavirus in the list of mandatory coverage of health plans. The measure was published today in the Federal Official Gazette and is effective immediately.
Now, the exam can be done at no extra cost, as long as there is a request made by a doctor. The change had been rehearsed since March by the Ministry of Health.
As the production of antibodies in the body takes a few days to be detected by the exam, the serological test is only indicated after the eighth day of onset of symptoms.
See who can take the test:
- Clients of outpatient, hospital and referral health plans.
- A request from a doctor is required to perform the exam.
- Patients with flu-like symptoms, such as fever or feverish state, cough, sore throat, runny nose and difficulty breathing.
- Patients with symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), such as respiratory distress or difficulty breathing, persistent pressure in the chest, oxygen saturation less than 95% in room air, or bluish discoloration of the lips or face.
The agency also warns that “the serological test is for professional use and its execution requires compliance with protocols and technical guidelines for control, traceability and records of health authorities”.
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