COVID-19 patients admitted before April 15 to get hospital cost reimbursement: Philhealth

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Posted at Apr 20 2020 01:02 PM

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MANILA - The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. on Monday said it would reimburse the hospitalization cost of COVID-19 patients admitted before April 15.

PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales made the assurance after one patient, identified as PH 2067, paid a private hospital some P358,000 as the government insurance agency only covered P15,000 of his bill.

The agency has also released some P9 billion in advance to accredited hospitals to cover the cost of COVID-19 patients, Morales said.

"Kung nakapagbayad na siya, just keep these receipts and file the reimbursement directly with PhilHealth. We will reimburse him fully," he told radio DZMM.

"If you’re admitted before April 15, you will be reimbursed at cost. It doesn’t matter if it’s public or private. After that it’s case rate."

Patients have 120 days to file their reimbursement claims at the nearest PhilHealth office, according to Morales.

PH 2067, who refused to be identified for his safety, said he was discharged after being admitted for 16 days at a private hospital, which honored only P15,000 of his PhilHealth claim for normal pneumonia.

"Still recovering pa rin po kasi medyo tinamaan po ako ng pneumonia from COVID-19, baka raw po abutin ng ilang linggo hanggang buwan po for the full recovery po," he told radio DZMM.

As of Sunday, the Philippines has recorded 6,259 cases of COVID-19, with 572 recoveries and 409 deaths.