MediCard aids homeowners in fight against dengue

MediCard aids homeowners in fight against dengue By: Din M. Villafuerte – @inquirerdotnet Illustration by Steph Bravo Dengue cases throughout the country have reached alarming levels, with some regions even breaching their average number of cases over the last five years. Thus, local government units and private health institutions are working twice as hard to remind people to take precautionary measures to combat dengue. Trusted health maintenance organization Medicard Philippines Inc. recently came out with a “Dengue Awareness” bulletin which shares a few fast facts about this mosquito-borne viral infection. According to Medicard, while there is no specific treatment or cure for dengue, intervention such as preventing dehydration and taking painkillers such as tylenol or paracetamol can help, especially in milder forms of dengue.  The patient suffering from dengue should be given clean water, preferably bottled water instead of tap water. Rehydration salts can also help in replacing the body’s fluids and minerals. In severe cases, however, the patient may need intravenous fluid supplementation if the patient cannot take fluids by the mouth.  Blood transfusion may also be needed for patients with severe dehydration. Medicard emphasized on the need to follow the Department of Health (DOH)’s “4S strategy” against dengue:  1) search and destroy 2) self-protection measures, 3) seek early consultation, and 4) say yes to fogging, in cases of an impending outbreak. As responsible homeowners, it should be our duty to keep water drums and pails covered to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs on these.  Flower vases may be pretty but stagnant water in these may also be a breeding place for the Aedes aegypti, the virus-carrying mosquito, so make sure that you replace the water at least once a week. We should also see to it that all unused tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water are properly disposed of. “Self-protection measures” include wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and using mosquito repellant every day, both which can help serve as our armor versus those pesky and possibly even deadly mosquito bites. In its “Dengue Awareness” bulletin, Medicard reminds the public that among the primary symptoms of dengue include high fever, severe headache and severe pain behind the eyes.  Other symptoms associated with the flu-like illness are joint, muscle and bone pains, rashes, mild bleeding, low back pain and swollen lymph nodes of the neck and the groin. Medicard advises everyone to consult...

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MediCard Select

Getting sick is inevitable. Regardless of age, everyone is vulnerable to different diseases be it hereditary or not. In addition, health care costs are no joke. In fact, Philippines outpace the 4.9% medical inflation rate in Asia last 2018 as forcasted by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Now imagine being ill and not having any support ready. Can you manage? The good news is MediCard, a top HMO provider has introduced MediCard Select. It is a product that could help individuals prepare for that dreaded day when a family member, or they themselves, will need medical attention. This program ensures that the member will have access to MediCard’s network of hospitals and doctors to avail their needed service. With MediCard Select, members are certain that health care is one less problem they’d need to worry about. So how does it work? MediCard Select members will have their own Revolving Fund. The said fund will be set up through deposits which in turn be used to pay for medical procedures acquired during the time of illness. As MediCard Select offers a wide variation of benefits, members will receive coverage from hospitalization, outpatient care, emergency, dental benefits, and preventive healthcare that includes an Annual Physical Exam. The revolving fund is subject to replenishment for the member to continuously access MediCard’s wide array of services and coverages. Members will only pay for what is utilized and unused funds shall be returned. Also, if a member sees fit, the revolving fund is fully refundable. In an attempt to make the service accessible to everyone, MediCard offers this service with minimal access fees and a refundable revolving fund as low as Php 30,000. As the old saying goes, health is wealth. But you don’t necessarily have to be wealthy to start taking care of your health. Apply for a MediCard Select plan now and secure your family’s health...

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Saturday with MediCard at Salcedo Weekend Market

Medicard’s free clinic at the market, where shoppers could stop by to get their blood pressure checked and their skin analyzed, is just a sample of what Medicard has been doing best for 32 years now: bringing health to the Filipino people Salcedo Weekend Market assistant project head Malyne Lorayes, Medicard marketing services manager Kate Joaquin, Medicard president Dr. Nicky S. Montoya and Women of Bel-Air Foundation’s Estrella Villegas —PHOTOS BY LEO M. SABANGAN II Read...

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MediCard driven to deliver quality healthcare

Private health maintenance organizations (HMOs), like MediCard Philippines Inc., meanwhile are also doing their fair share to help make healthcare more accessible to a broader segment of the population. In line with its thrust to provide a comprehensive health care program for Filipinos, MediCard has been expanding its portfolio of satellite clinics across the country, as well as its lineup of quality and affordable outpatient medical services.   Read...

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Filemon’s journey to wellness serves as inspiration to young readers

Dr. Montoya, a first-time guest reader at the Inquirer Read-Along session, lauded this storytelling activity as he believes in the merits of reading. Dr. Montoya engages kids with a funny but educational story about health and wellness. INQUIRER PHOTO/ JAM STA ROSARead...

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Beat the summer heat with MACE

Get a free sundae cone when you download MediCard’s MACE App and register! Starting April 22 up to May 15, 2019 or until treats last, MediCard members who will download the app and register will receive a text message from Treats in 24-48 working hours to claim their free sundae cone in any 7-11 branch with ice cream terminal. Designed for people on the go, MACE is a powerful application that allows MediCard members to transact in a non-terminal based mobile platform such as Android smartphones or tablets. With MACE you can: · Request consultation · Request labs and diagnostics though the online LOA · View utilization and more With its simple interface and navigation, you can easily view your member details, upload a photo, and register your dependents See mailers and announcements for more details. Per DTI-FTEB Permit No.: 7209 Series of...

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