PhilHealth to Cover Full Expenses of COVID-19 Patients until April 14

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has guaranteed to cover the full cost of treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients until April 14. Following April 14, PhilHealth will continue coverage through a recomputed case rate.

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According to President Rodrigo Duterte’s second report to Congress, PhilHealth’s benefit packages will cover tests and treatments during the period of February 1 to April 14, 2020.

COVID-19 tests conducted in non-hospital facilities will also be shouldered by PhilHealth as long as the facilities are accredited by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

The state health insurer explained that “the reason for this accommodation window is due to the novelty and the wide range of severity of the disease in the country for which no existing case rate or package based on accepted protocols has yet been established.”

They assure that by April 14, “more about the behavior of the disease in the Philippines can be learned, a final protocol established and an appropriate case rate developed that will provide adequacy and sustainability to the anti-COVID 19 campaign.”

PhilHealth also promises that “it shall issue a new set of guidelines which will include the appropriate case rate based on accepted protocols in dealing with the disease” before April 14.

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