State health insurer, PhilHealth, reported that, to date, a total of P4.1 billion have now been approved and are currently being released to various hospitals with Covid-19 cases.
Through this, PhilHealth assures that hospitals are provided with needed funds to cover the costs of treating Covid-19 patients who are currently admitted or to be admitted. Likewise, this will allow financial liquidity in hospitals to procure the much needed testing kits, medicines, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies.
In Ground Zero, the National Capital Region (NCR) having the most number of cases recorded, big hospitals have now received financial help such as the UP-Philippine General Hospital for a total of P263.3 million; East Avenue Medical Center for P134 million; and Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center with P106.5 million, among others. Meanwhile, for immediate release are funds for Quirino Memorial Medical Center for P150 million; St. Luke’s Medical Center for P146 million; The Medical City for P141 million; St. Luke’s Global City for P117 million; and Makati Medical Center for P104 million. NCR hospitals are due to receive a total of P 5.3 billion.
In other regions, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban has received P150 million, while Bicol Medical Center in Bicol and Lucena United Doctors Hospital in Lucena received P119.3 million and P46.8 million, respectively. The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City will receive P 325 million.
The Agency said that it is now processing the fund transfer to National Kidney and Transplant Institute for P179 million; Baguio General Hospital for P165 million; Northern Mindanao Medical Center for P128 million; and Dr Paulino Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center for P121 million.
PhilHealth has called anew on other hospitals to submit their documents for immediate processing. Employees of PhilHealth are now working double time to ensure that said financial aid is released to more hospitals within 5 working days upon receipt of requests.
The Agency also expressed gratitude to the hospitals who complied with the policy that patients should no longer be billed for the full cost of treatment due to Covid-19. The Corporation likewise acknowledged the assistance it received from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for providing P425 million to the anti-Covid 19 healthcare fund. With this, PhilHealth assures that the only thing Filipinos should worry about when needing hospitalization due to this pandemic, is to recover fully.