Did you know that the Philhealth offers benefit packages for COVID-19 patients who are quarantined at home? Yes, they do!
I lifted the salient points of the circular from PhilHealth’s website for our easy reference. If you want to see the actual document from PhilHealth, you may click this link.
Annex F: COVID-19 Home Isolation Benefit Package Services:
a. Minimum 10-day home isolation consultations*
- Physician consultation, at least twice for the duration of isolation; initial consult must be done face-to-face
- Succeeding consultation may be done face-to-face or through teleconsultation**
b. 24/7 daily monitoring of clinical and supportive care by a nurse may be done through teleconsultation***
c. Provision of home isolation kit which contains 1L 70% alcohol, 5 pieces face mask, 1 thermometer, 1 pulse oximeter, drugs, and medicines (18 pieces Paracetamol, 12 pieces Lagundi tablets or equivalent, 6 sachets oral rehydration salts, 10 pieces Ascorbic Acid, 10 pieces Vitamin D and zinc), consent form (Annex K)****
*Except in case of transfer due to deterioration or mortality and based on discharge criteria from applicable guidelines adopted by DOH.
**In case of teleconsultation, the patient shall be required to sign a Consent Form and shall be submitted to PhilHealth as additional claim requirement.
***Teleconsultations may be done through any of the following: telephone call, cellphone or internet using Messenger, Viber, Zoom, and other applications.
****Home Isolation Kit shall be provided to the patient during initial consult.
a. Patient Education
- How to use pulse oximeter
- Signs and symptoms to watch out for
- Proper doses and when to use drugs and medicines
- Waste disposal and infection control
- Others as needed
b. Patient referral to a higher level facility and patient support while for transfer.