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MEDIA STATEMENT On Super Typhoon "Mangkhut" (Ompong) September 14, 2018

In view of super typhoon "Ompong" with international name "Mangkhut" that is currently lashing the northern and central parts of the country, we would like to assure our members that we will continuously provide access to PhilHealth benefits even during this calamity season.

While our members may continue to experience responsive health care benefit access, non-members can likewise avail themselves of the PhilHealth benefits even if confined in non-accredited facility subject to certain conditions as specified in PhilHealth Circular 34, s. 2013.

This policy is in accordance with the provision of special privileges to those affected by fortuitous events stipulated in the said Circular, which covers members, non-members and their dependents; admission to accredited or non-accredited facilities that are DoH-licensed or DoH-certified; and treatment and management by accredited or non-accredited health care professionals who are duly licensed by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

The guidelines also cover claims for medical treatment done as an outpatient or inpatient relative to the direct and indirect effects of the fortuitous event within the Health Care Institution or an improvised/satellite facility; and patients transferred from or managed by health care personnel from accredited facilities in an evacuation area, or improvised health care facilities.

Further, the policy extends to certain privileges like exemption from the 45 days annual benefit limit, Single Period of Confinement (SPC) and the less than 24 hour confinement policies; extension of filing up to 120 days, payment of premium contributions or extension of coverage, reimbursement for both referring and receiving health care institutions; priority in the processing of claims, extension of the deadline for submission of health care facility reports and extension of accreditation of providers, as applicable.

We stand firm in our commitment to provide Filipinos with access to quality health care services especially in times of disastrous events.

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