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Paddy

For the past year or more my corrected eyesight has been steadily declining. About 2 months ago I ponied up the 600 pesos to see an eye specialist here in Masbate City. 
Cataracts was the result. Worse in my best (right) eye (stage 5) and stage 3 in the left eye.

Surgery was scheduled originally for June 19 but, with a story that belongs in the Covid forum, it ended up being done last Sunday - July 17. Three days later I’m quite comfortably typing this on my phone. 

The specialist, Dr Cariño, operates in clinics in Manila and Masbate. I was impressed with him at the first consult and even more impressed with his surgical skills.

One eye cost me 45k. If I had PhilHealth there would have been a 16k reduction. I declined the offer of the Senior Citizen discount (6k). I am no longer resident in Canada and would have to be there some time to requalify for provincial healthcare. Just under CAD$1500 for eye surgery that has restored vision doesn’t seem too expensive!

The before and after difference is stunning. Now all I need to do is re-jig the prescription in my glasses. 

Oh, and the left eye will get done later this year. 

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SkyMan
1 hour ago, Paddy said:

If I had PhilHealth there would have been a 16k reduction. I

I think PH for foreigners is p17k now so you came out better.

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Jeepney
On 7/20/2022 at 9:27 PM, SkyMan said:

I think PH for foreigners is p17k now so you came out better.

On first glance yes, but the philhealth pays 16k per eye, plus having even a partual coverage in insurance is not a bad thing to have in anyway.

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Davaoeno
On 7/20/2022 at 9:27 PM, SkyMan said:

I think PH for foreigners is p17k now so you came out better.

15K for SRRV members

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Jeepney
2 hours ago, Davaoeno said:

15K for SRRV members

Note also: after first registration for a year, and you let it lapse, due to covid/returned temporary abroad or any like that, to reactivate Philhealth you just pay the present quarter term, however, before you put a claim in, you need to have paid the prior 9 months/3 quarters before claim (yes you can make payments going back, without penalty)

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