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PhilHealth: Foreigner Married to Filipina Update


UPDATED 01-24-2020 Update: PhilHealth Membership Renewed with Foreigner Dependent My wife and I made it over to our local PhilHealth in Guimaras yesterday, January 23, 2020, to renew our membership for the year 2020. My wife’s membership records were in the PhilHealth database, and I was still listed as her dependent. However, while we did … Read more

Retire to the Philippines on $999 Month


I retired to the Philippines in July 2009. Since August 2009, I’ve been writing about life in “paradise.” While a lot of the cost of living in the Philippines depends on your location and individual lifestyle, it’s possible to retire to the Philippines on $999 a month. Four Folks & Eight Pups Furthermore, we supported … Read more

Philippines Expat Healthcare Insurance

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First of all, if you’re a foreigner in the Philippines with health concerns, it’s a good idea to evaluate all your health insurance options. It’s also beneficial to check out your health care choices if you’re planning to move or retire to the Philippines.  “Philippines Expat Healthcare Insurance” will give you an overview of the healthcare alternatives available to you as a foreigner.

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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.

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Upcoming Abolishment of PhilHealth


The Manila Standard reports the government will eliminate PhilHealth and replace it with the Philippine Health Security Office.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the new healthcare program would provide all Filipinos with universal health care. Congress under House Bill 5784 approved the new plan, which will now be called the National Health Security Program.

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PhilHealth Contribution for Hospital Bill


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.

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The Verdict: Wife Diagnosed With Gastritis & Bile Reflux


After spending an evening at Medicus Hospital with constant around-the-clock care from an attentive staff, my asawa prepared for the morning’s first procedure, an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy. My asawa has been suffering from chronic lower abdominal pain for several months now. The latest attack forced us to take a nighttime emergency pump boat ride from Guimaras, our home, to nearby Iloilo City, which has vastly superior medical facilities than our home province.

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Asawa’s Plight: Medicus Iloilo City ER Responds

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My asawa was in the front passenger seat of our Aurora Blue Ford Ranger suffering from an extreme abdominal pain attack. The Provincial Hospital in Guimaras, our home province, was unable to deal with the medical emergency. We sprinted toward the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras to catch a “special trip” nighttime pump boat ride to Iloilo City. My sister-in-law Alida was in the back seat.

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