PhilHealth assures non-stop medical benefits for dengue patients
November 24, 2012 5:12 am
MANILA, Nov. 23 — With the continuous rise in dengue cases, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) gave assurance on Friday of a non-stop benefit payment for patients hospitalized due to the mosquito-borne disease.
“We are constantly helping to pay for the hospitalization and treatment of every member or dependent admitted due to dengue fever,” said PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Dr. Eduardo Banzon.
According to Banzon, PhilHealth pays P8,000 for each case of dengue fever or simple dengue hemorrhagic fever and P16,000 for every case of dengue hemorrhagic fever with presence of shock.
Meanwhile, records of the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) of the Department of Health showed that from Jan. 1 to Nov. 3, a total of 144,305 dengue cases were reported across the country. The figure was 29.73 percent higher than the 111,231 cases reported during the same period in 2011.
The ages of the patients ranged from less than one month to 95 years old. Majority of cases were male (52 percent). Forty percent of cases belonged to the one year to 10 years age-group. There were 757 deaths reported,
For 2012, cases peaked in the month of August with 30,213 cases.
Most of the cases came from the National Capital Region at 20.10 percent, followed by Calabarzon at 16.28 percent, and Central Luzon at 15.42 percent. (PNA)