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Upcoming Abolishment of PhilHealth

Upcoming Abolishment of PhilHealth

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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. (more…)
PhilHealth: Foreigner Married to Filipina Update

PhilHealth: Foreigner Married to Filipina Update

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PhilHealth is the national health insurance plan of the Philippines. My wife, a Filipino citizen, first enrolled in the program in 2012, three years after we  had retired to the Philippines. The cost at that time was 1,200 pesos, approximately 24 US dollars, a year. As her legally recognized spouse, I was also included in the coverage at no additional cost as a dependent. (more…)
The Verdict: Wife Diagnosed With Gastritis & Bile Reflux

The Verdict: Wife Diagnosed With Gastritis & Bile Reflux

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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. (more…)
Asawa’s Plight: Medicus Iloilo City ER Responds

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. (more…)
Is PhilHealth Available for Foreigners?

Is PhilHealth Available for Foreigners?

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Is PhilHealth available for foreigners? On May 21, 2015, PhilHealth, the national health insurance company of the Philippines,  released the following bulletin: "The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will soon provide health care benefits to foreign nationals and former Filipinos who wish to retire in the country." (more…)
Diagnosis: Dengue Fever & Pneumonia, Part 2

Diagnosis: Dengue Fever & Pneumonia, Part 2

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"Diagnosis: Dengue Fever & Pneumonia, Part 2." I had rushed my asawa to the Provincial Hospital in Guimaras where we received the grim news. My wife had a case of dengue fever and pneumonia. Her white blood platelet count was dangerously low, 106, with 150 being the normal range. The physician on duty advised us that my spouse could be at risk for internal bleeding due to the dengue.  (more…)
Our Filipino Car Insurance Report

Our Filipino Car Insurance Report

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Our Filipino car insurance report was a virgin experience for both my asawa and me. My loving wife sideswiped a sand and gravel truck on the husky size the other day and came out on the losing end. Our new Ford Ranger XLT passenger truck was not even a week old. It was the battle of David and Goliath and David, the little guy, got his ass kicked this time. (more…)
How BDO Screwed Up Our Dollar Account in the Philippines

How BDO Screwed Up Our Dollar Account in the Philippines

THE ROOSTER CROWS AT 4AM!
My asawa and I have had a peso savings account with BDO, Banco de Oro, for a couple of years. We established it when my ATM debit card from our bank in the United States expired. At the time we needed to open an account so my sister-in-law from Kuwait, Marjorie, an OFW, Overseas Filipino Worker, could easily send remittances to us. We care for her two children, Shaina and Sherwin. Here's the story of how BDO screwed up our dollar account in the Philippines. (more…)
What Happened to PhilHealth in Iloilo City?

What Happened to PhilHealth in Iloilo City?

THE ROOSTER CROWS AT 4AM!
While traveling on the banca boat to Panay Island the other day to do our monthly grocery shopping, visiting the local PhilHealth office was on our agenda. But what happened to PhilHealth in Iloilo City? After a visit to the local Bureau of Immigration, my asawa and I had time to renew our subscription with the the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation which had expired at the end of last year but my wife couldn't find the office. (more…)