Scabies medicine to be paid by health insurance

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The high cost of Loxazol will be included in basic health coverage so the medicine will be available to the general public.

THE HAGUE – Medicine to treat scabies will be included in standard health insurance package, says Health Minister AB Klink Wednesday.

The cost of the anti-scabies medicine, Loxazol, which is available without a doctor’s prescription, would now be covered by basic health insurance.

The inclusion of Loxazol in basic health coverage was to make the more expensive medicine available to the public and help avert a major outbreak of scabies, explained Klink.

Another anti-scabies medicine, Lindaan, was included in basic health cover until 2008, but it was discontinued for environmental reasons.

Scabies is caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, which tunnels into the skin where it lays its eggs, causing intense itching.

An estimated 300 million people a year suffer from scabies.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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