PhilHealth assures insurance coverage for COVID patients in tents

Marje Pelayo   •   April 5, 2021   •   197

MANILA, Philippines — Most hospitals in Metro Manila have already reached full capacity due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the metropolis.

Many patients had to be accommodated in temporary tents as even emergency rooms are full.

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) said it is expediting the review of new guidelines for insurance coverage for non-COVID patients.

According to Philhealth Spokesperson Rey Baleña, only those staying in non-PhilHealth accredited community isolation facilities are not covered by the COVID-19 package.

“Wag mag-alala yung mga pasyente na bagaman sila ay nasa tent, pero sila nga po ay kumbaga inaasikaso na, ginagamot na, binibigyan na ng mga serbisyo, as part of in-patient care, sila po ay mababayaran,” the offical said.

“Kahit po yan ay nangyari last week, or nangyari in the last 2 weeks, sila ay babayaran ng PhilHealth. Kailangan lamang i-file yung claims sa ospital,” he added.

For now, PhilHealth cannot confirm as to when the enhanced guidelines will be released but it assured that they are expediting the process.

Several senators have called on the agency to immediately address the matter.

“Kaya nga nasa tent kasi nagkulang tayo tapos pagkakaitan pa yung coverage. Pambihirang buhay ‘to. Sobra naman yun,” Senator Imee Marcos exclaimed.

Lawmakers stressed that it is the agency’s obligation to deliver the needs of PhilHealth members amid this current pandemic which is mandated under the Universal Health Care Law. MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Taguig City launches home service vaccination program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

The Taguig City Government on Monday (April 19) launched its home service vaccination program.

In a statement, the local government said it has expanded its reach to vaccinate residents amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

It announced that it has deployed doctors and nurses for the inoculation of bed-ridden residents for the home service vaccination program.

Residents who want to avail of the home service vaccination for their bedridden family members may call the designated telephone numbers of Taguig Telemedicine in barangay health centers as well as the city’s COVID-19 Hotline.

As of April 18, 2021, Taguig City has already vaccinated a total of 23,146 citizens.

Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said the local government “must ensure that there are more locations and safer ways for residents, especially the vulnerable sector, to have access to the vaccine.” AAC

DFA reports 19 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   April 20, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has logged 19 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total tally to 18,160 as of Tuesday (April 20).

Meanwhile, the agency also recorded 13 new recoveries, and 6 new fatalities among overseas Filipinos.

To date, there are 5,877 Filipinos undergoing treatment at home and in various facilities in a total of 91 countries and territories across the globe.

 

 

Phl shows good record in vaccination program despite criticisms — Duterte

Maris Federez   •   April 20, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte believes that the government’s vaccination program is doing good despite the criticism thrown at it.

This, after vaccine czar and National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. reported to the president the status of the country’s vaccination program on Monday night’s Talk to the Nation aired over PTV-4.

Galvez said that the Philippines now ranks 3rd among the ASEAN member countries in vaccination, from the former 8th in ranking when the country had just started its vaccination rollout.

The Philippines also ranks 41st among 173 countries and 14th out of 47 Asian countries.

“Sa ngayon po number three po tayo at the same time 41st po tayo out of 173 countries, at number 14 po tayo sa 47 Asian countries. So hindi po tayo nahuhuli, nandoon po tayo sa may bandang per — mga ano, upper 25 percent,” Galvez said.

“Well, maganda ang record natin in spite of unfounded criticism which — anyway, we expect it. But the Philippines is able to get the upper berth, I said, of the countries that are inoculated. Maganda ang record niyan and to think that people were almost in a quandary where to get the next vaccination,” President Duterte said.

“You know, for whatever it is that really work to them, we were able to make a go at least, not everybody at one time, but we have vaccinated a lot of people. I am happy that we have completed the vaccination of the medical people, yung tinatawag nilang frontliner,” he added.

The President said the country is not really left behind as far as vaccination against COVID-19 is concerned.

“So nakita mo naman na hindi pala tayo ‘yong pinakamahina, mataas nga ‘yong atin. It goes to show that we are really working very hard, especially Secretary Galvez, to get the vaccines here in the Philippines on time. Though it is not as fast as people would like to expect, the fact that, I said, we have occupied a certain position, we are number 15 sa ano? Number three?” he said.

“Well, it speaks well of the effort of your office to at least come to a more than an acceptable performance in the matter of — well, the fight against COVID as far as the Philippines is concerned,” the President added.

Galvez has also reported that 965,960 medical frontline workers who belong in A1 category have received the first dose of the vaccination. From this number, 198,534 have already received the 2nd dose.

The vaccine czar added that 132,948 belonging to the A2 category and 180,315 from the A3 category have received the first dose of the vaccine. —/mbmf

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