PhilHealth has new rate package for COVID-19

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    STARTING April 15, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will use a new case rate package for individuals who will be admitted to hospitals and other medical facilities due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    In a press briefing on Tuesday, PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales said the new COVID-19 case rate package has four categories: mild pneumonia package which amounts to P43,997; moderate pneumonia, P143,267; severe pneumonia, P333,519; and critical pneumonia, P786,384.

    “Pneumonia is the complication of COVID-19,” Morales said.

    Currently, PhilHealth is using the isolation package amounting to P14,000 for COVID-19 patients and persons under investigation (PUIs), while also covering the testing cost, and using case rate packages.

    Morales said the agency has so far approved the fund release of almost P6 billion to cover COVID-19 patients. But limited bank operation make it difficult to transfer the money.

    “We’re trying our best. We are talking with banks so we can hasten the release of funds,” said Morales.

    But delays in fund release this does not excuse hospitals from accommodating COVID-19 patients, he said.

    “We are reminding hospital administrators that COVID-19 patients shouldn’t be charged and that PhilHealth will shoulder everything,” said Morales.