Health package for MERS-CoV patients made available

Mar. 10, 2015

DAVAO CITY – A circular issued by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) bares a package benefit for Overseas Filipino Workers who might have acquired the viral respiratory illness, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The circular states that the benefit covers confirmed cases with confirmatory tests done in the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and may be availed in accredited facilities with capacity to manage the disease.

Johanna Blason, Philhealth XI public relations officer, said the availment of the benefit for Davao Region may be done at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) with benefit package amounting to Php 50,000 for non-health workers and Php 100,000 for health workers.

Health workers refer to those employees in health care institutions here or abroad who had close contact with a MERS-CoV patient and may have acquired the illness while performing one’s duty.

Blason stated that all availments are subject to the corporation’s No Balance Billing Policy (NBB) and that all claims will undergo medical and post audit evaluation as part of Philhealth’s monitoring and assessment of the health care provider’s performance.

She added that the benefit package covers all admissions starting January of this year.

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