ILOILO City – The Philippine HealthInsurance Corp. in Region 6 has assured coverage of benefit packages for coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) patients. The claim will be used for the patient’ssustenance and health care needs while he or she is at the patient care centers. PhilHealth-6’s public affairs unit headJanimhe Jalbuna said they have recently received guidelines on theimplementation of inpatient care and testing benefits, among others, which canbe already accessed in this region. From February 1 to April 14, PhilHealthshouldered the full payment of COVID-19 patients admitted to accreditedfacilities. Beginning April 16, however, they have set case rates for thetreatment of the virus’ patients. “From February 1 to 14, all the expenses were. But starting April 15, we havethe case rates depending on the condition of the patient,” Jalbuna saidyesterday. Suit rooms, of which could be paid bythe patient personally on top of a PhilHealth benefit, meanwhile, is notcovered. This claim, however, will take effect onMay 11 as PhilHealth is still accrediting different community isolation units. “We are giving assurance that we will beproviding our members of these benefits, especially during this crisis. Forthose who are not yet members, or have gaps in paying their contributions, weguarantee you automatic membership and even automatic eligibility of thePhilHealth benefits,” Jalbuna said.(Witha report from PNA/PN) PhilHealth-6’s public affairs unit head Janimhe Jalbuna. The case rates cover mandatory servicessuch as hospital accommodation, laboratory, supplies, equipment, andprofessional fee, among others. She added that those probable andconfirmed COVID-19 cases outside the hospital and are observing isolation inpatient care centers can still avail PhilHealth’s community isolation benefitpackage. “In terms of testing, we have no limitsince some of the probable or confirmed cases follow repeat testing beforebeing discharged from the hospital,” Jalbuna said. The hospital will be the one to file thepatient’s documents within 120 days from the date of discharge. Meanwhile, the Western Visayas MedicalCenter (WVMC) sub-national laboratory is accredited by the Department of Health(DOH), and PhilHealth can cover the testing expenses of probable or confirmed COVID-19cases there. The package for mild pneumonia for theelderly or those with co-morbidities amounts to P43,997; moderate pneumonia,P143,267; severe pneumonia, P333,519; and critical pneumonia, P786,384. The patient can claim a maximum of P22,449if granted that he or she is linked to a referral hospital. The benefits section of PhilHealth-6 hasnot yet received any claim applications, but Jalbuna said the case of the COVID-19survivor from Guimbal, Iloilo is being processed at the hospital level. “This case policy says that there is noco-payment for our patient whether he or she is confined in a public or privatehospital. That means, the patient will not be paying anything,” Jalbuna said,adding that the case rates apply to probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases. She assured that COVID-19 survivorsconfined in hospitals before April 15 who were unable to avail the full paymentbenefit from PhilHealth would be given a refund.
New Delhi: Ramkumar Ramanathan notched up a straight set win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil to reach his first ever ATP semi-finals but veteran Leander Paes bowed out after losing his doubles quarterfinal at the Hall of Fame Open grasscourt tournament in Newport.The 23-year-old from Chennai took one hour and 18 minutes to get across Pospisil 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.The 161-ranked Indian will meet American Tim Smyczek in the last four of the tournament.Ramanathan, who had stunned world No. 8 Dominic Thiem at the Antalya Open last year, sent down five aces and converted the three break points that came his way.Paes, who is playing his first match since creating the Davis Cup world record in February for most number of wins in doubles, and his American partner Jamie Cerretani suffered a 3-6 6-7 (3) loss to giant-killers Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Austin Crajicek in the doubles quarterfinals.Jeevan and Austin, who had toppled top seeds Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith in the first round, will face fourth seeds Spain’s Marcelo Arevalo and Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela in the semifinals.In-form Divij Sharan and his partner Jackson Withrow, seeded second, defeated Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (4) 6-3 to set up a semifinal clash with New Zealand’s Artem Sitak and Israel’s Janathan Erlich.Artem and Janathan saw off third seeds India’s Purav Raja and British Ken Skupski 4-6 6-3 10-8 in a thrilling quarterfinal contest. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.