PhilHealth assures free hospitalization for Surigao quake victims

MANILA — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Wednesday assured that it will shoulder the expenses for the hospitalization of all victims of the Surigao City quake who need medical or hospital care.

PhilHealth acting president and CEO Ramon Aristoza Jr. said the agency will apply its policy on fortuituous events to the quake victims out of humanitarian consideration.

The policy is stipulated under PhilHealth Circular No. 34 series of 2013, which was applied to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda and the Zamboanga siege, and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia.

“(Under the policy,) all hospitals will have to accept even non-PhilHealth members,” Aristoza said, adding that PhilHealth will then reimburse the hospitals.

He added that the policy on fortuitous events applies to those availing the regular rates and catastrophic benefit packages. Succeeding check-ups after confinement will however not be covered.