A netizen shared a receipt showing the estimated amount needed to pay by a Person under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19.
On a Facebook post, Jerick Enopia tried to convince the people not to insist on going to their job by showing how much financial burden they could get if they got infected by COVID-19.
“So pili nalang. Pilitin pumasok sa work. Kikita ka ng 15-25k vs 90k na estimated bill kapag tinamaan ka. Ikaw bahala,” Enopia said.
According to the photo he posted, the estimated hospital bill amounted to 90,223 pesos.
Enopia didn’t disclose the hospital where the bill came from.
Fortunately, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced that the Philippine Insure Corporation (PhilHealth) will shoulder the quarantine, isolation and testing kit cost.
“The last thing we want is for our citizens to worry about medical costs and expenses. Their only concern should be their well-being and the well-being of their families,” said Nograles.
However, Nograles didn’t mention if the emergency room fee are covered by PhilHealth.
Recently, PhilHealth also released P30-B to accredited hospital as a response against COVID-19.
“Further, the state health insurer will also provide its members and service partners with additional relief in view of the recent declaration of a state of public health emergency in the country by extending the deadline of payment of contributions for its self-paying direct contributors. They can now pay their first-quarter contributions on or before April 30, 2020, instead of March 31, 2020, without interest,” the statement read.
“Moreover, its policy on a single period of confinement and 45-days coverage are also waived in favor of the member, while the filing period for claims is also extended from the usual 60 days to at least 120 days in favor of the health care providers”
Aside from testing fees, PhilHealth said that Filipinos can avail their P14,000 health package if they got quarantined because of COVID-19.
People who tested positive in COVID-19 can also seek a beneficiary package of up to P32,000.