CALOOCAN CITY, Mar. 26 (PIA) --- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will cover the medical expenses and hospitalization of those member-patients affected by COVID-19 including health frontliners and workers.
"Lahat ng tatamaan ng COVID-19, wala dapat silang ilalabas na pera, lahat ng gagastusin public or private hospital sasagutin ng PhilHealth," PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales said at the PCOO Laging Handa Public Briefing on Thursday.
The PhilHealth chief assured the public that whatever it takes they will shoulder the medical expenses of patients especially the public health workers.
However, Morales clarified that only the expenses of those who are hospitalized will be covered.
"Mayroon naman tayo naka-quarantine sa bahay, hindi natin masasagot yun dahil hindi naman natin alam ang ginamit nila na gamot at ginamit na process," Morales said.
Patients under home quarantine will not be covered by PhilHealth since the agency could not compute the amount of their medication expenses.
PhilHealth will also cover the costs of COVID-19 testing only in the DOH identified testing centers and not a 'self-administered' testing.
"Dadaan muna sila sa mga identified testing centers at ang mga hospitals ay ipapadala sa PhilHealth ang billing at sasagutin naming yung bayarin," Morales said.
On March 25, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease stated that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is directed to transfer P420 million to PhilHealth to cover medical expenses related to COVID-19.
"This week, nakapagrelease na kami ng 1.6 billion to cover around 5,000 hospitals and clinics para handa ang ating health facilities magrespond sa COVID-19 pandemic," Morales said.
PhilHealth has prepared P30 billion worth of funds committed to hospitals amid the COVID-19 crisis. (PIA-NCR)