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CMScript Substance Use Disorders

CMScript: Focus on Substance Use Disorders

How do medical schemes treat substance abuse and what is covered under PMB regulations?

The PMB regulations include substance abuse and the use of drugs under the following Diagnostic Treatment Pairs (DTP):

DTP Code DTP Description Treatment
182T Abuse or dependence on Psychoactive substance, including alcohol Hospital-based management up to 3 weeks/year
910T Acute delusional mood, anxiety, personality, perception disorders and organic mental disorder caused by drugs Hospital-based management up to 3 days
910T Alcohol withdrawal delirium; alcohol intoxication delirium Hospital-based management up to 3 days leading to rehabilitation
910T Delirium: Amphetamine, Cocaine, or other psychoactive substance Hospital-based management up to 3 days

The PMB include the diagnosis, treatment and care of the conditions whilst an individual is in hospital. In-hospital management may include medicines (e.g. withdrawal support), and consultations with other health professionals e.g. a psychologist.

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The PMB regulations however do not include the out-patient treatment for substance abuse.

Although the condition is a PMB condition, it is important to remember that medical schemes can use designated service providers (DSPs). A designated service provider (DSP) is a healthcare provider (e.g. doctor, pharmacist, hospital) that is appointed by the medical scheme for the treatment or care of PMB conditions. An individual may use a non-DSP voluntarily but should be aware that when one chooses to use a non-DSP, one may have to pay a portion of the bill as a co-payment. This should be discussed and clarified with the Medical Scheme in writing, if possible, to avoid any misunderstandings.

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