So guys do you have someone, like a family member who is hospitalized or are you about to undergo an operation, needs medication that include operating facility, hospital fees, and medicine for recovering? Well, I had been on that situation. To say the least, it’s my pleasure to help you out and have these things fixed. But before that would it be OK if I tell you first my story and how did I end up paying my surgical operation all for free?
It was back the month of November last year when I processed my papers for abroad. Everything goes well and if I accomplished all requirements needed probably, I spending some of my time right now in Qatar. However, it didn't happen! Let's forget about it, for one great reason—failed medical examination. The doctor concluded that I need to undergo operation to threat hernia (luslos), which is found right of my inguinal area. Oh, man! Why these little balls of mine wrecking?
I asked the doctor of how much is the cost of the said surgical operation? He answered it must be somewhere P10, 000 – P20, 000 if conducted on private hospital. The doctor also gave me an advice to check first some charity hospital; there is a big chance that operation might be free, and so I did! I choose University of the Philippines General Hospital (PGH).
My surgeon informed me that P6, 000 is enough for the procedure but it would be great if I’m a PhilHealth member because it must be covered by the benefits. Unfortunately, PhilHealth declined to pay my operation. Checking on the membership status my freaking account was deactivated. How come? I mean, remittances I had with them are continuous—not this time for I was being unemployed for 6 months because I'm switching to a new career abroad. Also, why is PhilHealth closing an account without notifying the account holder first? Besides, I know this is insurance and every insurance company known for me send mail regarding on my account status. The thing is, I am not aware with their policies for none of PhilHealth people visit us while we're busy working every day (no orientation I guess).
Anyway, what to expect? They need to be more competitive and the system needs some changes because for now I'm seeing PhilHealth as a corrupt service our government ever had. PhilHealth didn't help me when I needed them the most. Now, I do really hate PhilHealth. I promised myself to not get involve with them when I get a new job. Take them down from my monthly deductions—PhilHealth is a parasite!
OK, let’s move on and take forward steps. I went to one of the Medical Social Services (MSS) office, which is then unwind me from worries about my operation. They assisted people who are unfortunate to handle hospital bills. But before they can do that, some needed documents must be submitted. To tell you guys, MSS people are quite impressive enough to say, “Whether you are rich or has an empty pocket, every people has the right to have the privileges to be served by these funds. The truth lies with the taxes rendered by Filipinos to the government.”
Hmmm… (Tama nga naman sila, saan ba nagmumula ang pera? Kung galing sa mga Pilipino eh di dapat lang naman itong ibalik sa tao.)
Now, here are the documents that are required for you to gather enough funds for your medication. Please note that these can be applicable on different charities, foundation and government (local or national) hospitals. Also, TV stations like Sagip Kapamilya (ABS-CBN), Kapuso Foundation (GMA), Kapatid (TV5), etc.
PCSO and recently, PDAF of Senators and government officials, though, currently hold when this Pork Barrel Scandal exposed.
Added for source of funds: Simbahan ng Baclaran
- Clinical Abstract – ask your Physician to have this document. It contains the findings, illustration or information of your health status and medical procedure to be conducted.
- Medical Certificate – you can find this on hospital records department. This provide different purposes, it contains summarized data starting the day of your check up (out-patient) or the day you admitted on the hospital (in-patient) up to the latest occurrences while you are dealing with your consultation or medication. With this, you can also ask for certification of “fit to work” once everything goes back to normal or when you're fully-recover.
- Social Case Study (from DSWD) – you need to go to the local DSWD office for this Social Case Study. It’s a short of interview about your life and then they will make a written biography about you, your partner, including your offspring (if any); your parents, siblings, occupation of the family members. DSWD may need to make a house visit to prove the accuracy of the given statement.
- Bill/Quotation/Costing from Hospital Pharmacy/Supplies – on the hospital pharmacy, bring the original list of supplies (resita ng mga gamit at gamot) needed for your medication that is signed by your doctor. Pharmacist will then put the prices of corresponding item.
- Endorsement/Acceptance letter from Hospital Social Services/Credit Collection Office – MSS or related offices will provide this letter.
- Barangay Clearance (Good Moral) – make sure that you don't have any pending cases on you community and being good sometimes can help you in this kind of situation.
- Personal Letter to Chairman/General Manager/Government Official like Senator – write a personal letter, it’s really self-explanatory just tell them what you need and thanks them in advance.
If the patient can’t process this by himself, a family member can do the job provided with the authorization.