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Champix to be covered, starting Feb 2015
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Dec 31, 2014 15:40:20
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) said National Health Insurance will cover smoking cessation aids, including Champix, and professional consultation sessions, starting in February 2015 as retail prices of cigarettes are increased and smoking is not allowed in more areas on January 1, 2015.

Once healthcare providers register smokers for smoking cessation, 12-week consultation is available and smoking cessation aids are covered by insurance. Smokers can also get free consultation and nicotine patches at smoking cessation clinics in public health centers as the government used to provide them for free.

The MOHW said smoking cessation clinic hours would be extended and even open on Saturdays in 2015 as it expects more smokers will try to stop smoking due to the price increases.

An official of the MOHW said, “We plan to open intensive smoking cessation classes for heavy smokers who keep failing in smoking cessation.”
 
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