CEBU, April 8 (PIA) -- The coronavirus disease chooses no one as cases of infection show the disease affects not only senior citizens but also younger people.
To help ease the burden of severely affected cases that require medical treatment, the government has announced that it would take care of their hospital bills.
Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 need not worry about their medical expenses as the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has issued a memorandum that it will pay the hospital bills of patients who tested positive for COVID-19.
"PhilHealth will shoulder all hospital expenses of the patient," said Dina Cinchez, public information officer (PIO) of PhilHealth-7.
Cinchez, however, clarified that there is a certain period of coverage.
"Only those who have been hospitalized from Feb. 1 to April 14 can be covered with the free medical expenses, as guidelines are still being worked out as to how much premium should be given for the Covid illness," said Cinchez.
The advisory received by the regional PhilHealth office on April 2 assured all healthcare institutions that the government insurance corporation would cover all costs of COVID-19 hospitalization from Feb. 1 until April 14.
Currently, the PhilHealth's premium package includes P32,000 for high risk pneumonia and P14,000 for isolation package, which can be deducted from the total hospital bill, said Cinchez.
But for COVID-19 cases, hospital care is free of charge, said Cinchez.
Cinchez called on those who underwent hospital treatment for COVID-19 in the region and were deducted certain amounts based on diagnosis upon discharge can claim for reimbursement from their office.
"For reimbursement, please email the Benefit Administration Section of our office via claims.pro7philhealth.com.ph to know what are the required attachments," said Cinchez.
After April 14, there will be a premium rate for those admitted due to the said illness, said the PhilHealth PIO.
Cinchez said their agency is currently in consultation with the Department of Health and the medical society to determine the fixed premium rate for COVID-19 cases based on protocols to treat the disease.
PhilHealth, however, has yet to receive claims for reimbursement in Central Visayas, as Cinchez said there is a 60-day period for reimbursement requests. (fcr/PIA7)