On Healthcare and Medical Emergencies

UPDATE: My Tita Miyang finally went home from the hospital last Saturday afternoon. Praise the Lord, the king of all healers! :)

Last Monday, I received a sad news from my cousin about her mom (my aunt and my father’s sister) who’s based in BiƱan City, Laguna. She said they rushed her to the hospital because she suffered from heart attack and had a seizure. After doing some tests on her, the doctor advised to send her mom to the ICU immediately for more tests and observation. We visited her at Alabang Medical Center yesterday and she had already been transferred to a private room. It seemed that she was on her way to recovery. Thank you, Lord!

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My Tita Miyang is 64 years old, has a senior citizen card but no PhilHealth membership (what we heard in the news isn’t fully implemented yet!). She doesn’t have health insurance/HMO card which leaves her family with no choice but to shoulder all her medical expenses. Imagine paying almost P20,000 per day for a stay in the ICU? That amount is already equivalent to a month’s salary of a public school teacher. My gosh, I don’t think I can afford that at this point should any of my parents get subjected to the same ordeal.

Tita Miyang is like a second mother to me. I actually stayed with her in Sta. Rosa City (where her former house was located) during my final year in college. She and her two daughters helped my family when we were struggling hard to send me to university. I will never forget their kindness. And I will do everything in my power to help them now that it is them who are in need (emotional and financial). At this point, they need all the help they can get.

This unexpected event has made me realize that I should be more determined to prepare for medical emergencies. Which reminds me, I haven’t bought PhilCare ER health cards yet for my father, the hubby, and me. (Must purchase real soon!) We want to be covered in case something like this happens. My mom is lucky she has a health card courtesy of my younger sister’s job at the bank. Lucky din kaming magkakapatid kasi tipid kami sa kanya. Haha.

But you know, all health insurance products combined, the greatest protection still comes from God. He can keep us from getting sick or getting into an accident that could put our lives in danger. That’s why we should never forget asking for His protection and guidance at all times. And that’s why I’m taking this opportunity to ask for your prayers for my aunt’s fast recovery. The more we pray, the better. Thanks in advance, friends! :)

May you choose happiness always,
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11 Responses to On Healthcare and Medical Emergencies

  1. Jen says:

    I hope tita Miyang will get better at the soonest. My Mom doesnt have a healtcard too because I can no longer enroll her under my dependent kasi meron na akong James. But previously, nakakatipid kami sa laboratories and consultations nya. I think I would still be able to enroll her in pero since may existing na sakit sya, (diabetes) it would take a year bago nya magamit for her sickness tapos may percentage lang din.

    • lifein says:

      Thank you, Jen! Mahirap talaga magkasakit ngayon. About your mom’s chance to get enrolled in your HMO, that’s better than nothing. :)

  2. grace says:

    Yan talaga ang worry ko ms. edel, yung ganyang sitwasyon. Wala na kasing healthcards ang magulang ko simula nung mag-asawa yung isang kapatid ko, di ko naman maasahan yung dalawang kapatid ko. Problema lampas 64 yrs na ang nanay at tatay ko, wala ko makitang healthcard na puede 65 & up.
    Kaya pag yun ang iniisip ko–nasa blank state ako, I remember nagbiro ako sa nanay ko na ipagbili na lang ang bahay namin, ang sagot sa akin “kaya mo bang ipagbili tong bahay mo pag nagkasakit ako, di ako nakasagot, minsan napaparalyze utak ko kakaisip ng walang solusyon.

    Di pa pala effective yung Philhealth sa mga senior, kala ko pede na, may nagpunta na kasi sa bahay galing sa munisipyo at nag-fill up ng philhealth nila.

    • lifein says:

      Korek, Grace, tunay namang nakakapag-worry yun. Lalo na at parents natin, mahal natin sila, gagawin natin ang lahat for them. Yung mother ko rin niregister na sila thru the barangay, may PhilHealth na nga na inassign ata sa kanya eh. Kaso wala pa yung ID. HIndi ko sure if pwede na magamit yun if ever. Yang si Tita Miyang ko naman, hindi pa talaga sya nagregister kaya wala pa talaga sya.

  3. kayni says:

    Sending love and prayers to your Tita Miyang. Praying that she will recover well and soon. I know what you mean about the cost of ICU rooms. My cousin’s husband is currently at an ICU room and it is so expensive.

  4. Arlene says:

    Hi,
    naka bili ka na ba for you ng philcare? gusto ko rin sana iyon. Would you mind sharing your contact person for that? i know they have all the info how to pay and all pero mas comfortable pa rin ako if there is someone i could talk to about it before paying.
    thanks

    • lifein says:

      Not yet. I don’t have a contact person there, sorry. Visit their website and there’s a section there where you can buy online. I’m still waiting for some money to arrive kasi. :)

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  6. All of us at home (except my brother with cerebral palsy and my partner) has health card. Kasi talagang importante eh. Lalo na si Skye. Naka 3 na kami na hospitalization nya. At grabe ang expenses. Kung walang health card baka naibenta ko na ang liver ko at balunbalunan sa mahal. But I still need to build that medical emergency saving. Kahit kasi may health card minsan may gastos padin. Kelangan handa talaga. Haaaay!

    • lifein says:

      Korek, sis! We cannot overemphasize the importance of health cards these days. Mabuti ng sigurado, diba? Hindi pa lang talaga kaya ng budget namin bumili ng regular health cards sa ngayon kaya ER cards muna kami ni hubby. :)

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