PhilHealth’s Expanded Primary Care Benefits


According to The Daily Guardian only two hospitals in Western Visayas are presently PhilHealth ePCB-accredited. ePCB stands for expanded primary care benefits. These two healthcare facilities are Qualimed Hospital in Mandurriao, Iloilo City; and Sebaste Community Hospital in Antique province. This post deals with PhilHealth’s Expanded Primary Care Benefits.

PhilHealth’s Expanded Primary Care Benefits

Western Visayas is where our island provincial home is located, Guimaras. Iloilo City Proper is about a 15-minute pump boat ride from Jordan Wharf in Guimaras.

According to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp, PhilHealth, the ePCB covers more target beneficiaries, providers, disease conditions and benefit inclusions.


The Philippines Expat Advisor - PhilHealth's Expanded Primary Care Benefits

Benefit Breakdown

First of all, this is welcome news to all PhilHealth members in the area. The ePCB now covers the following:

  • Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus Type II as additional disease conditions to acute gastroenteritis (AGE);
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI);
  • Upper respiratory tract infection (URTI);
  • Pneumonia; and
  • Asthma are now all covered by the PCB.

Most noteworthy is the fact that the expanded version will also provide beneficiaries with complete dose of medicines for the covered disease conditions.

The ePCB will also provide additional laboratory tests such as the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and electrocardiography (ECG).

Current Primary Care Benefit

The current Primary Care Benefit (PCB) covers only indigents, sponsored citizens, overseas Filipino workers and teachers of the Department of Education (DepEd.)

However, with the formal sector, lifetime members and senior citizens will already be included.

Currently, only the rural health units (RHUs) offer free consultation, diagnostics and medicines in PCB

Kathleen Sadio, sales associate manager of Qualimed Hospital, said that they have been accredited since Oct 31, 2018 and their clients can now take advantage of the benefits.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.