PhilHealth assures Covid-19 packages still available for members

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in Central Visayas has assured the public that benefits amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic remain available to qualified members.

Dina Marie Cinchez, public information officer of PhilHealth-7, said in a statement issued on September 29, 2020, that the state-run insurer continues to offer Covid-19 packages, six months since the start of the community lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are three types of Covid-19 benefit packages that are currently being offered to PhilHealth members: in-patient coverage for the hospitalization of either mild, moderate, severe and critical cases; swab testing; and those who have to undergo community isolation.

As of end-August this year, Cinchez said PhilHealth-7 has paid for 505 benefit claims for in-patient care due to Covid-19.

Of the total, most are paid for members who have suffered moderate pneumonia.

For the testing packages, a total of 6,141 have been covered in the entire region.

Currently, PhilHealth hasn’t recorded any claims yet by patients under community isolation.

Cinchez also clarified that members who want to avail of the swab testing package may do so in accredited testing laboratories in the region.

There are seven accredited testing laboratories in Central Visayas, namely the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Hospital and Cebu TB Reference Laboratory in Cebu City, ARC Hospital and Prime Care Alpha Covid-19 Testing Laboratory in Lapu-Lapu City, University of Cebu Medical Center in Mandaue City, and Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Bohol.

There are 22 certified community isolation units in Central Visayas: one in Negros Oriental, three in Bohol, five in Cebu South, seven in Cebu City, and three each in Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue cities.

Cinchez assured that other health benefits packages are still available for the members even amid the Covid-19 crisis. (Carlo Lorenciana, PNA)