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PhilHealth allots health assistance to its members on A/H1N1 virus

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (12 June) -- The Philhealth assured that medical health assistance is available for any of its members that would be afflicted by the A H1N1 virus.

According to Philhealth Social Insurance Officer 3 Noland Sabling, Philhealth Circular no. 25, recently signed by Dr Ray Aquino, provides that effective May 1, all Philhealth non-health worker members that would positively confirmed by the Department of Health to be afflicted with A H1N1 virus, is entitled to a maximum of P75,000.00 medical health assistance from all Philhealth accredited hospitals.

For health workers, they are entitled to a maximum of P150,000.00 medical health assistance.

Sabling also explained that in case a beneficiary of a Philhealth member who contracted A H1N1 virus, the member and the beneficiary can both claim but they are only entitled (collectively) up to the given maximum amount.

In the latest press briefing made by the DOH-CAR on the A H1N1, Dr Nicholas Gordo, Medical Specialist IV, reported that as June 10, 2009, the region has already 32 A H1N1 Cases Under Observation (CUOs). Of this number, 21 cases are negative and have been discarded, seven have pending laboratory results and two cases are scheduled for specimen collection and lab testing. The follow-up result of the two previous cases that turned positive are now confirmed negative.

In the same press briefing, DOH-CAR regional director, Dr Myrna Cabotaje, re-assured that there is still no community transmission of the A H1N1 virus, as the DOH, the local government units and other partners are working together to contain its spread.

In a related news, Dr Gordo also announced that Baguio City will be hosting this year's World Blood Donor's Day Celebration. The event, with a slogan "One Nation, One Blood, Share", will be held at the CAP John Hay on June 15. It is an advocacy, on voluntary blood donation, initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Expected to grace the affair are DOH Secretary Duque, WHO representatives, Senator Richard Gordon and other DOH officials. (PIA) [top]

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