PhilHealth to shoulder Hospital treatment Expenses of Covid-19 patients
In a bid to lessen the burden of COVID-19 patients, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently said it is going to shoulder the treatment and other medical expenses of health workers and those hospitalized persons under investigation and persons under monitoring.
In a public hearing of Laging Handa on March 26, the President and CEO of PhilHealth, BGen. Ricardo Morales, AFP (Ret.) said that PhilHealth wants the patients to have the confidence and focus on their work.
“Wala silang aalalahanin kung sila ay magkakasakit,” said Morales. “Lahat ng hospitalized PUMs at PUIs, sasagutin iyon kasi prescribed ‘yung mga gamot at procedure na ginawa sa pasiyente at mayroon namang naka-quarantine sa bahay na hindi naman natin sasagutin dahil unang-una, hindi natin alam ‘yung ginagamit nilang gamot o process.”
In addition, the President and CEO said, based on a report from the Philippine News Agency, that PhilHealth is going to pay for the costs of the COVID-testing. However, it should be prescribed by a health professional.
He also noted that PhilHealth is not going to shoulder testings that are self-administered because these di not go through the required laboratory procedure.
What the patients should do is to go through clinics, hospitals, and certified testing centers that are identified by the Department of Health. The hospital will then submit the billing to the PhilHealth.
On top of that, he also cited the universal heal care law, saying that Filipinos are included in the no balance billing policy, particularly those who have contracted the COVID-19 disease.
He said that COVID-19 patients should not need to fork out money from their pockets as PhilHealth will shoulder the expenses, regardless if the patient is admitted to a private or public hospital.
Those who have concerns shall have to call the PhilHealth Action Center thru 02 8441 442 and the PhilHealth trunkline: 632-637-6177.
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