DOH covers cost of treatment only of passive victims of firecracker-related injuries –Sec. Garin

January 5, 2016 6:32 am 

MANILA, Jan. 3 — The Department of Health (DOH) has said it only pays or covers the cost of treatment of passive victims of firecracker-related injuries.

“Basically, kino-cover lang ng DOH for medical assistance program iyung passive victims ng stray bullet at paputok (fireworks),” DOH Secretary Janette L. Garin said.

She added that only those proven to be stray bullet victims and not involved in shooting incidents are provided with medical assistance wherein the DOH shoulders the cost of treatment.

Secretary Garin clarified that those injured due to firecracker-related injuries but are classified as “active igniters” are not covered by the medical assistance of DOH.

“Usually, sila (active igniters and their relatives) ang gumagastos,” she said.

Active igniters are those who have been known to be engaging in the use of firecrackers in the past.

Passive victims are those that are not involved but are merely bystanders or just watching during the incidents.

The DOH Chief said that for PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation) members and dependents who are admitted in the hospital due to firecracker-related injuries, only a portion of the hospital cost (usually room rates, professional fees, laboratory fees, etc) applies.

“Pero kung hindi admitted sa hospital, hindi sagot ng PhilHealth,” she reminded.

PhilHealth President and CEO Atty. Alexander Padilla earlier said that the PhilHealth provides some benefit packages to subsidize the cost of surgeries and prosthesis in its accredited facilities among those who will lose limbs due to firecracker-related injuries. (PNA)



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