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Frequently asked questions

What is expanded newborn screening?

The expanded newborn screening program will increase the screening panel of disorders from six (6) to twenty-eight (28). This will provide opportunities to significantly improve the quality of life of affected newborns through facilitating early diagnosis and early treatment.

What is the difference between newborn screening and

expanded newborn screening?

The difference is the number of disorders each of them can detect. Both tests are performed by collecting a few drops of blood through the heel-prick method but the laboratory testing methods applied are different.

What are the additional disorders tested by expanded newborn screening?

Aside from the six conditions in the present panel Congenital Hypothyroidism, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Galactosemia, Phenylketonuria, Maple Syrup Urine Disease and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency --expanded newborn screening will screen for additional disorders falling under various groups of conditions namely: hemoglobinopathies, disorders of amino acid and organic acid metabolism, disorders of fatty acid oxidation, disorders of carbohydrate metabolism, disorders of biotin metabolism and cystic fibrosis.

How much is the fee for expanded newborn screening?

Expanded newborn screening will be offered to you as an option in all newborn screening facilities. The first option is screening for the six disorders at ₱550, which is included in the newborn care package for Philhealth members and the second option is screening for the full complement of 28 disorders at ₱1500.

Is expanded screening covered by Philhealth?

Currently, only P550 is covered by Philhealth. If you are a Philhealth member, and opt to have your baby undergo expanded newborn screening, you will pay the remaining cost which is P950.

What should be done when my baby is tested positive for expanded NBS?

A positive newborn screen does not mean that your baby has the disorder. Newborn screening simply screens for babies who are more likely to have one of these disorders. The presence of an abnormal screening test result warrants additional tests and/or a referral to a specialist to confirm whether or not your baby really has the disorder.