PhilHealth to cover other costly medical treatments

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Sunday, June 17, 2012


THE Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth) announced Sunday it will offer a new benefit to its members to help them pay costly medical treatments, including surgeries.

In a press conference at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao, PhilHealth president and chief executive officer (CEO) Dr. Educard Banzon said the new benefit, called the Case Type Z, can help members pay the cost for the treatment or surgery of diseases, like leukemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and liver transplant.

This new benefit, he said, can be availed by patients at the government run hospitals, including Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) in Tagum City and the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.

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Details of the new case rate will be discussed in its formal launch on Thursday.

"Maganda ang case rate, nagiging klaro kung magkano ang sagot namin tapos ang bayad natin sa ospital ay napapabilis (Case rate is good because it becomes clearer how much should we pay and the payment to the hospital becomes faster)," he said.

To recall, PhilHealth introduced earlier the case rate scheme, wherein the health insurance company will cover 11 medical cases.

For dengue I, P8,000 will be covered by the PhilHealth; P16,000 for dengue II; P15,000 for pneumonia I; P32,000 for pneumonia II; P9,000 for essential hypertension; P28,000 for cerebral infarction; P38,000 for cerebro-vascular accident; P6,000 for accute gastroenteritis; P9,000 for asthma; P14,000 for typhoid fever; and P1,750 newborn care package in hospital and lying-in clinics.

Meanwhile, Banzon said they are intensifying efforts to enroll more poor families in their sponsored program. PhilHealth has almost 11 million sponsored members nationwide and 348,000 of whom are from the Davao Region. (Antonio L. Colina IV)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 18, 2012.

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