Hospitals receive millions in COVID-19 aid from PhilHealth
The PhilHealth reported that a total of P4.1 billion have been approved and currently released to various hospitals with Covid-19 cases.
The state health insurance assured that hospitals are provided with funds to cover the costs of treating Covid-19 patients currently admitted or to be admitted. This will allow financial liquidity in hospitals to procure testing kits, medicines, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies.
At the National Capital Region, considered the ground zero of cases in the Philippines having the most number of cases recorded, big hospitals received financial help such as the Philippine General Hospital with P263.3 million; East Avenue Medical Center, P134M; and Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center with P106.5M.
For immediate release are funds for Quirino Memorial Medical Center for P150M; St. Luke’s Medical Center for P146M; The Medical City for P141M; St. Luke’s Global City for P117M; and Makati Medical Center for P104M. NCR hospitals are due to receive a total of P5.3B.
In other regions, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban has received P150M, while Bicol Medical Center in Bicol and Lucena United Doctors Hospital in Lucena received P119.3M and P46.8M, respectively. The Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City will receive P325M.
PhilHealth is now processing the fund transfer to National Kidney and Transplant Institute for P179M; Baguio General Hospital for P165M; Northern Mindanao Medical Center for P128M; and Dr. Paulino Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center for P121M.
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 the financial aid is released to more hospitals within five working days upon receipt of requests.
PhilHealth thanked the hospitals that complied with the policy that patients should no longer be billed for the full cost of treatment due to the Covid-19.
It also acknowledged the assistance it received from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office for providing P425M to the anti-Covid 19 healthcare fund. It assured that the only thing Filipinos should worry about when needing hospitalization due to the pandemic is to recover fully. – Press release