By Analou de Vera
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) said that confinements due to measles are covered by their health insurance.
The state-run insurance agency noted that uncomplicated measles cases are being paid for in the amount of P7,700; pneumonia in measles at P15,000; and measles complicated by meningitis at P25,700.
“When already confined, we assure our members and even non-members that PhilHealth is here to provide them with the financial protection they need,” said PhilHealth Acting President and CEO Dr. Roy Ferrer.
For non-members, Ferrer said PhilHealth has the Point-of-Service (POS) program, “where they are instantly afforded with health insurance.”
“If found to be financially incapable by the hospitals’ social worker, the government will pay for premiums of a one-year PhilHealth coverage effective at the time of their availment,” said Ferrer.
In another development, The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) called on parents to have their children vaccinated with the measles vaccine, after the health department declared outbreaks in five regions in the country last week.
“We call on parents and caregivers to bring their children to the nearest health center to have their children vaccinated and ensure that they receive at least two doses of measles containing vaccine,” the UNICEF said.
“Children with severe symptoms should see a barangay health worker or midwife as soon as possible, however, to prevent spreading the infection at the health facility, children without severe symptoms may be better-taken care of at home,” it added.
Based on the DOH Central office in Manila, as of Jan. 26, in Calabarzon, 575 cases were already recorded with nine deaths; Central Luzon, 192 cases with four deaths; Western Visayas, 104 cases with three deaths; and Central Visayas, 71 cases with one death.
In Metro Manila, it recorded 441 measles cases, which is 1,125 percent higher compared to the 36 cases recorded in 2018. At San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila, 60 deaths have already been recorded.