The City of Mati LGU is seeking accreditation from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for their Ligtas Covid Center so that patients could avail of the PhilHealth services in the event they are admitted.
Earlier, the Department of Health certified the Isolation Facility of the Divine Healer (Milagrosa) as a “temporary treatment and monitoring facility” or Ligtas Covid Center with a 46-bed capacity.
City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat said that they are now on the process of their application for PhilHealth accreditation now that the Alternate Care Site have already been certified by the DOH.
Mayor Michelle said that a PhilHealth accreditation would mean that the ACS would be paid by PhilHealth for their expenses when treating a PhilHealth cardholder.
At the moment, all medicines and other equipment used in the isolation and treatment of PUIs at the ACS are shouldered by the City Government at no cost to the patients.
Cost of treatment for Covid-19 ranges from as low as P43,000 to as high as over P1 million per patient depending on the hospital, severity of symptoms and the number of confinement days.
Starting April 15, PhilHealth rolled out new benefits package to cover patients with COVID-19, depending on the severity of infection:
Patients with mild pneumonia = ₱43,997
Patients with moderate pneumonia = ₱143,267
Patients with severe pneumonia = ₱333,519
Patients with critical pneumonia = ₱786,984
Mati Incident Management Team commander Dr. Ben Hur Catbagan Jr. said that the ACS could only handle mild Covid cases for now. For severe cases, the Covid patients will have to be transported to the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City for treatment.
“Our ACS manager is on the way to DRMC today for document signing (proof of service delivery) as part of requirement for PHIC accreditation. When done we apply for PHIC accreditation. Siguro in 2 weeks time,” Dr. Catbagan said. (CIO MATI)