After being diagnosed with gastritis and bile reflux, my asawa was ready to be discharged from Medicus Hospital in Iloilo City. This post, “PhilHealth Contribution=$300 ER, Hospital Bill,” reveals how much of our hospital bill, PhilHealth, the national health insurance plan of the Philippines, covered.
We received good news since my spouse was admitted to our local healthcare facility in the Philippines. She was on the road to recovery and was discharged from the Guimaras Provincial Hospital this past Friday after a battle with dengue fever and pneumonia.
I recently received a disturbing email from a new reader back in the State concerning some outrageous medical costs (to the tune of over 1.5 million pesos at this point) that a relative had incurred while a patient at a “For-Profit Hospital” in Global City (Fort Bonifacio.) Let’s call this reader “Jane,” as she has given me permission to publish her email (though I have altered her location and name in order for her to remain anonymous.) Here’s her message:
My Healthcare Reimbursement Account (HRA) with AT&T is helping to pay our medical costs in the Philippines. Just got reimbursed for a recent ultrasound and blood test that my asawa had in a healthcare clinic in Guimaras. Funny thing is that I didn’t know I had this option available to me until last year when I was checking on some information on an unrelated issue with my benefits department. Got to talking with the helpful employee about moving to the Philippines and being married to a Filipina. Turns out the lady I was speaking to was a Japanese American and when checking out my account asked me if I knew I qualified for an HRA. “What’s that?” I asked.
With the recent events concerning my asawa’s health, an ECG, ultrasound and blood test were in order. We’ll be visiting our healthcare clinic in Guimaras where we are able to save on our medical costs versus taking the pump boat to nearby Iloilo City where the needed procedures are somewhat higher. My spouse did work outdoors all day yesterday at a new guest house to be opened on our island (more on that later.) She seemed to be fine, and I made sure she kept hydrated, though in the afternoon, I demanded (something I don’t often to) that she take a break. Her face was extremely red after burning some yard waste and inhaling smoke. She said she was fine and after a few minutes of rest her complexion regained it’s normal color.
Been writing some posts recently about medical costs in the Philippines. My asawa and I visited Mercury Drug in Iloilo City last week, and she was able to purchase her medicine that will shrink a small kidney stone that was revealed in an ultrasound she had done in a healthcare clinic in Guimaras. We saved over 400 pesos (9.17 US Dollars) from the previous quote from a different pharmacy we had went to. I convinced her to finally use the money that had been set aside for our annual fiesta which was held yesterday since the majority of the funds had already been used to help pay for her uncle's funeral costs. However, after our morning walk yesterday, it looks like my spouse will need a return visit to her general practitioner, Dr. Jacobo. She almost collapsed to the ground after suffering some chest pains.
Decided to visit one of the Generics Pharmacy in nearby Iloilo. Mindanao Bob had recommended checking out this chain of drugstores in the Philippines which can offer up to 80-90% savings from other outlets. Anytime we can reduce our medical costs is something we always want to investigate. My asawa had recently had an ultrasound and blood test done at a local healthcare clinic in Guimaras, and we discovered we were able to save a substantial sum by having the tests performed in our local province instead of taking the pump boat to Iloilo City and having the local hospitals perform the procedures.
Returned to Iloilo City this past Monday so the results of my asawa’s medical tests, the ultrasound and blood test, could be seen by her physician, Dr. Jacobo. We didn’t schedule an appointment but since we had to pick up results from the healthcare clinic located in the J and B III Building where the general practitioner’s office was located and had some shopping to do, my spouse sent a text message to what she thought was his secretary. Received a reply shortly thereafter from Dr. Jacobo himself stating that we could come by later in the afternoon at 3 pm. The Sainted Patient Wife had mistakenly sent the text to the doctor’s personal cell phone. Little did I know at that time that the medical costs for some prescriptions my asawa needed would be so costly, and that our wait would be considerably longer than we had anticipated.
Visted Dr. Jacobo in Iloilo City recently. My asawa has been complaining of some abdomen pain, and our new physician wrote an order for an ultrasound and a blood test. Advised us that the tests could be done at any healthcare clinic and told us the medical costs for the various evaluations should not be that costly. Decided to have the procedures done in our local province of Guimaras. My asawa knew a reliable doctor that had the necessary equipment. The larger city of Iloilo has more facilities and physicians available, but we felt we could save some money and avoid the usual transportation costs we have going there on the pump boat. The clinic on Guimaras Island was less than a 15 minute walk from our home.