House approves proposal that requires the SUS to treat fibromyalgia syndrome

The Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) approved on Wednesday (10) a bill (PL 6858/13) that obliges the Unified Health System (SUS) to offer treatment for people with fibromyalgia syndrome or chronic fatigue syndrome.

The rapporteur, Mr Marcelo Aro (PP-MG), presented an opinion on the constitutionality of the proposal.

Fibromyalgia causes diffuse and chronic pain in the muscles and bones, but the person can also present fatigue, sleep disorders, morning stiffness and paralysis of extremities, among other symptoms.

The proposal guarantees the patient multidisciplinary care with physicians, psychologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists, as well as ensuring access to exams, pharmaceutical assistance and other therapies.

The author of the bill, Ms. Erika Kokay (PT-DF), believes that, in addition to the recognition of the disease, the expansion of this service to the SUS will make it possible for the treatment of the syndrome to become a public health policy. “With this health care policy in the SUS, for people with fibromyalgia, we are, first, recognizing the disease, giving it visibility, enabling these people to finally be able to rescue their lives or have their lives back, [through] this multisectoral service. “

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The bill was conclusive and may go to the Senate, unless there is an appeal for review by the Plenary.


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