COVID-19 affected person in quarantine, isolation facility can avail of benefit package, says PhilHealth official
NAVAL, Biliran, July 24 (PIA) — “COVID-19 affected person, whether suspect, probable or confirmed, in isolation or quarantine facilities can avail of the P22,449 benefit package,” said Ma. Eva E. Aguilon, head of the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) – Naval Local Health Insurance Office.
Aguilon relayed the good news to Biliran Governor Rogelio J. Espina, municipal mayors and task force members attending the Biliran Provincial COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting Tuesday, July 21 at the Fragoch Function Room, this town.
The PhilHealth official urged the local chief executives in the Province of Biliran to have their isolation and quarantine facilities be certified by DOH and be accredited by PhilHealth before said benefit package can be availed of.
Aguilon made the call for accreditation of quarantine or isolation facilities termed by PhilHealth as community isolation units (CIUs) of LGUs in the province after learning that none of the LGUs in the province have a DOH-certified and PhilHealth-accredited at present.
“This is a big help to LGUs in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Aguilon added as the benefit package is per person, and that is really of big help in terms of funding the operational expenditures of quarantine and isolation facilities.
She advised all LCEs to just comply all the DOH requirements for certification so that PhilHealth can accredit the quarantine or isolation facilities before availing the benefit package.
Under PhilHealth Circular No. 2020-0018, the move is in response to PhilHealth commitment to develop benefit packages providing for health services to all Filipinos affected by COVID-19.
Based on the circular, the coverage of the benefit package is applicable to all claims for services provided by identified publicly or privately-run facilities serving as community isolation units in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The package shall specifically cover all inputs and activities within the entire episode of care at the CIUs including payment for staff and professional fees, medicine, diagnostics, transport and other operational cost. (ldl/rsv/PIA-Biliran)