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HomeHealthREADERS' QUESTION | How much will PhilHealth cover if you have COVID?

READERS’ QUESTION | How much will PhilHealth cover if you have COVID?

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The question is: how much is the Philippine Health Insurance Commission’s coverage for a person sick with COVID?

This question was asked reopeatedly by a lot of readers who have been sending direct messages to the DNX inbox since last week.

We did some research and found out the following so far:

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Patients confirmed with COVID19 who develop into severe illnesses will be compensated as:

Mild pneumonia – P43,997; Moderate pneumonia – P143,267; Severe pneumonia – P333,519; and Critical pneumonia – P786,384.

The new rates are contained in PhilHealth Circular No. 2020-0009, according to an advisory dated 16 April 2020 published on the official PhilHealth website.

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The release added “The state agency also said that it is now paying for testing based on another circular (No. 2020-0010) which prescribes coverage for Covid-19 tests from P2,710 to as high as P8,150 depending on how the test kits were procured by the accredited testing laboratories.”

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Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


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