Manulife launches new health insurance

Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. Philippines Inc. has launched a health insurance product which allows policyholders to enhance their benefits and select their preferred critical illness protection......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarOct 17th, 2020

Manulife launches new insurance, investment plan

Manufacturers Life Insurance Philippines Co. recently launched a new product which bundles insurance protection, investment opportunities and other guaranteed benefits for Filipinos......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2019

DOH launches new program for premature babies

MANILA, Philippines - With some 300,000 Filipino babies born either too small or prematurely, the Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Health Insurance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 26th, 2016

Gov t plans to settle half of PhilHealth s debt to Red Cross at the soonest — Palace

The government aims to settle half of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.'s (PhilHealth) debt to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) "at the soonest time possible," Malacañang said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News4 hr. 2 min. ago

Dominguez OK to head PhilHealth

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has indicated accepting appointment as chairperson of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) if a proposed measure to appoint him would materialize......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News20 hr. 2 min. ago

PhilHealth to pay debt to Red Cross – Duterte

President Duterte last night assured the Philippine Red Cross that the debt incurred by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. would be settled......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News21 hr. 45 min. ago

Duterte: Red Cross to be paid

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) that the government will pay its P930-million debt to the organization for conducting COVID-19 tests. In a public address, the President said he would look for funds to settle the debt of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to PRC, noting that “money has […] The post Duterte: Red Cross to be paid appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Laos, Afghanistan lift inbound restrictions for Pinoys travellers

Two countries in Asia and the Pacific – Laos and Afghanistan – have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to flight availability and medical protocols amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a report on Monday.  (ALI VICOY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On the other hand, Malaysia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong have imposed stricter medical protocols and visa regulations for those who are exempt from entry restrictions. Mongolia’s borders, meanwhile, remain open but inbound travelers in the country are now required to present negative COVID-19 test results and must have all applicable documents to support their visa status. In Tokyo, the Japanese government has gradually opened up inbound entry for students, dependents, and technical interns but still prohibit entry of short-stay travelers, including tourists.  Back here at home, beginning October 21, Filipinos may resume their overseas plans after Malacañang announced the lifting of restrictions for non-essential outbound travelers, including tourists.  Outbound Filipino tourists may be allowed to leave the country after submitting confirmed roundtrip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance. With the still evolving changes in travel restrictions worldwide due to the pandemic, the DFA advises Filipino travelers to always check ahead of their travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.  .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Another PhilHealth exec quits

Another official of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has resigned following the allegations of irregularities that the state health insurer has been involved in, an official said Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Addressing mental health amid a pandemic

BETTER DAYS Senator Sonny Angara Mental health has historically been a difficult subject to talk about in Philippine society. Many of us, no doubt, have our own stories, personal or otherwise, of how difficult it is to seek help. In fact, in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, an August, 2020, analysis of many studies on the matter confirmed that the low utilization of mental health services among Filipinos could be attributed in part to the stigma associated with mental health issues, with resilience and self-reliance becoming possible alternate coping strategies. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health an even bigger issue. The quarantine, the economic effects of the pandemic, and the anxieties brought about by the virus’ unpredictability have had a negative effect on the mental health of many Filipinos. Although we as a country are consistently rated to be in the Top 5 of a global optimism index, according to the DOH, the calls for help have been increasing. According to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), their helpline received about 400 calls monthly from May, 2019, to February, 2020. That’s an average of 13 to 15 calls daily. By March, 672 calls were serviced, and this grew steadily in the following months, until there were 1,034 calls in July – and 440 for the half of August. These double the monthly average from March to August to 876 calls, or 32 to 37 calls daily. Many government and private mental health services are available for people who are seeking help or just someone to talk to. Aside from the NCMH crisis hotline, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has confidential crisis lines and a referral system to partnered psychologists. The foundation is also a hub for prevention, recognition, and treatment of depression. The Philippine Mental Health Association also offers similar services, and universities like UST, UP Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila have their own mental health service organizations. Some, like Ateneo’s Center for Family Ministries have affordable or negotiable fees. Online resources like the Silakbo.Ph website have listings for many other mental health service providers outside of the NCR. In fact, many organizations have already partnered with the Department of Health (DOH); perhaps more of them should be invited to the table to plan new policies, projects, and initiatives that will address the growing number of mental health cases. The DOH is also encouraging people to learn more about general mental health through free e-learning courses translated into Filipino.  The source material is from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) QualityRights initiative, which is a global project that aims to help participants improve their own mental health, learn how to support their loved ones and communities, and gain knowledge and skills to tackle mental health issues. Clearly, we need to reassess and adapt to the fact that more Filipinos are now looking for mental health services and treatments. This is why I am seeking to amend Republic Act 11036, the Mental Health Act, particularly its existing chapter on “Rights of Service Users and Other Stakeholders.” Our proposed amendment seek to give health service users the right to immediately receive compensation benefits and special financial assistance they are entitled to under law, should they sustain temporary or permanent mental disability in the line of duty or by reason of a person’s office or position. This is an important amendment, as the Mental Health Act requires that PhilHealth provide insurance packages to patients with mental health conditions, and that access to medicines is ensured. With the observation of World Mental Health Day last October 10, it is important to remember the DOH’s theme for this year, “Mental Health for All: Unifying Voices for Greater Investment and Access.”  This theme encourages that we open conversations on the various challenges that our mental health care system faces every day, such as social stigma and limited funding. In fact, the simple act of marking the day itself is important. It shows those who are suffering that we see them, and care for them. It tells others who are hiding their issues that it is perfectly normal to seek help. And most of all, it encourages the whole world to stand in solidarity in recognition of the need for all of society to help those with mental health issues. E-mail:| Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @sonnyangara Senator Sonny Angara has been in public service for 16 years—9 years as Representative of the Lone District of Aurora, and 7 as Senator. He has authored and sponsored more than 200 laws.  He is currently serving his second term in the Senate. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

House’s PhilHealth probe temporarily shelved

The Lower Chamber’s continued probe on the graft and corruption cases in Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will be temporarily shelved after the House leadership decided to cancel all committee meetings or hearings for one week starting Monday, Oct. 19.  This was disclosed by Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, in a Viber message to the House media, a day before the scheduled joint investigation of the House Committees on Public Accounts and Good Government and Public Accountability on the PhilHealth anomalies.  “In compliance with the memo of the Majority Leader as per guidance of the Speaker, all committee hearings are cancelled temporarily for the leadership to regroup and coordinate priority legislative measures. I apologize for this, but I’m assured the Committee on Public Accounts may resume its deliberations after this,” Defensor said.  This week, eight committee meetings/hearings have been scheduled.  House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez issued a one-page memorandum to all committee chairpersons directing the cancellation of meetings.  “Upon the instructions of the Speaker, all committee meetings/hearings are hereby ordered cancelled for the period October 19-26, 2020. This is to allow the House to review and refocus its priorities for the 2nd Regular session,” according to the memo dated October 18. Aside from the House Committees on Public Accounts and Good Government and Public Accountability, the House Committees on Rural Development,  People’s Participation, Public Works and Highways, Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and Overseas Workers Affairs are scheduled to conduct meetings this week.  The meeting of the Public Works and Highways was already marked as cancelled, according to the chamber’s committee schedule posted on its website......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Isa pang opisyal ng PhilHealth, nagbitiw

Manila, Philippines – Isa pang opisyal ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) ang nagbitiw sa gitna ng anomaliya. “As of late, ang una nating naipahayag ay 43 na…. Nadagdagan ‘yan ng isa pa na nag-file ng courtesy resignation. Lahat-lahat ‘yan ay 44 na,” saad ni PhilHealth spokesperson Rey Baleña sa isang pahayag ng Dobol B. […] The post Isa pang opisyal ng PhilHealth, nagbitiw appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Non-essential outbound travel papayagan na simula sa Oktubre 21

Binawi na ng pamahalaan ang umiiral na ban para sa non-essential outbound travel. Ayon kay Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, simula sa Oktubre 21 pwede na ang non-essential travels sa labas ng bansa. Para sa mga bibiyahe, kailangang mayroong negatibong antigen test results, confirmed plane tickets, at health and travel insurance. Ang test result ay dapat […] The post Non-essential outbound travel papayagan na simula sa Oktubre 21 appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

PhilHealth assures Red Cross of payment

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. has assured the Philippine Red Cross of payment for its debt, which ballooned to P1.014 billion as of yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Capitol to partner with private HMOs for provincial hospital services

Cebu City, Philippines — Members of private health insurance companies may soon avail of their health insurance benefits when availing of the services of the Capitol-run district and provincial hospitals in Cebu. The Cebu provincial government and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) eye to ink a partnership that would accredit the district and provincial hospitals as […] The post Capitol to partner with private HMOs for provincial hospital services appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

PhilHealth profiling accredited health providers

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. is profiling all accredited health providers to identify those that commit acts of fraud, according to an official of the state health insurer......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Philhealth Iligan calls for responsible sharing of information

ILIGAN CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Philhealth Local Health Insurance Office Iligan chief Christine Mae Magno appealed to the public to be responsible in sharing information amidst the coronavirus diseas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

PhilHealth Covid-19 packages, other benefits continue

ILIGAN CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) - The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) continues to provide coverage and regular benefits to its members despite controversies hounding the agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

MAPFRE launches new campaign; strengthens CSR arm through care cards

MAPFRE Insurance continues to reach out to its market in need of concrete solutions by promoting ways to “Help and Protect” Filipinos through their home, car, business, travel, and personal accident insurance plans......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

BSP, PDIC to discuss deposit insurance

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is set to bring up with the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. the proposed hike in deposit insurance cover currently pegged at P500,000 amid higher risks faced by the banking sector amid the global health crisis......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

43 PhilHealth senior officials resign, retire from posts

CALOOCAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- At least 43 senior officers of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) have resigned and retired from their positions amid allegations of a P15-billion co.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020