THE Overseas Workers Welfare and Administration (Owwa) 7 is now accepting applications for its supplemental medical assistance (MEDplus) program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
The MEDplus program for OFWs is designed to provide supplemental medical relief for active Owwa and Philhealth members afflicted with dreaded diseases and were hospitalized, either at the job sites or while in the Philippines.
Diseases included in the program are all forms of cancer, chronic liver diseases like hepatitis, heart diseases, among others.
Confinements both local and overseas are covered effective Feb. 1, 2017.
The OFW must be an active Owwa and Philhealth member at the time of hospitalization.
The program covers payment of hospital/medical bills through sharing the medical cost equivalent to the Philhealth case rate benefits but must not exceed P50,000 per OFW member.
Availment must be within the validity period of Owwa membership with additional 60-day coverage upon expiry of the Owwa membership validity. Only one originally diagnosed dreaded disease per OFW-member shall be covered by the program.
However, in some cases, multiple availment may be allowed if the case rate for a dreaded disease is not fully utilized during the first availment.
Subsequent availments for the same dreaded disease shall be limited to the remaining amount based on the case rate and must not exceed P50,000. Such cases may be for hemodialysis, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
For inquiries, visit Owwa 7 at the second floor, Dole VII Building, Gorordo Ave. corner Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City, or call (032) 254-3199/415-5203 or 0917-8094754/0917-624-9113 and look for Dineza G. Espejo.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on August 18, 2017.
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