Medicard Sprint Triathlon draws huge crowd in its second year

For the second year in a row, the Medicard Sprint Triathlon attracted hundreds of participants—both veteran triathletes and newbies alike—who swam, biked and ran to complete the tough-but-enjoyable racecourse. The triathlon was held at Fontana Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga, early November. It was a sunny day, with a cool breeze for good measure. Suffice it to say, it was the perfect condition to complete a race of this caliber. The #MediCardSprintTri is a beginner-friendly triathlon which consists of a 600-meter swim, 20-km bike, and 5-km run. There’s also a relay category which splits the swim, bike and run portions of the race among friends and family. Last year’s racecourse was perfect for veteran triathletes in their off-season looking to sweat it out or for newbies training for their A-races. This year’s course is no different. “The MediCard Sprint Tri is our way of continuously encouraging everyone to adopt a healthier lifestyle. We want to show Filipinos that keeping fit can be fun and exciting,” said MediCard president Nicky Montoya, who also participated in the triathlon. MediCard is the country’s leading health maintenance organization (HMO), dedicated to building a culture of health awareness and behavior. MediCard’s extensive connections with outpatient clinics, partners, and affiliate doctors nationwide allow it to offer an array of total healthcare services. Montoya said they look forward to hosting this family-and-beginner-friendly triathlon—the first of its kind in the country that was spearheaded by a HMO. “It’s always nice to see a healthy turn out of participants in these kinds of events—from all walks of life. As an HMO, we’ll continue to find creative ways to encourage people to move, exercise, and sweat it out in a fun way,” he said. Organized by Bike King, the triathlon takes participants through several laps in the Olympic-size pool of the Fontana water park to a single-loop bike course around the Clark grounds, ending in a one-loop run on the rolling paths of the resort. The event was supported by official timekeeper Garmin, Standard Insurance, and recovery partner Air Relax. Other sponsors include Klean Athlete, Smart, Pocari Sweat, sip purified water, and partner hotels The Villages at Global Clark, Fontana and Royce Hotel & Casino. Finishers took home a beautifully designed medal, while podium finishers bagged trophies and gift items for the different age-group categories, Team Competition, and relay category. Watch an exclusive Inquirer video that features highlights from the...

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What’s App Doc?

MACE is a powerful application that allows MediCard members to use their smartphones to avail themselves of MediCard benefits and services. We are a society driven by digital technology. Such is its impact that there are households that don’t even have running water, yet each family member owns a smartphone that’s connected 24/7. Digital technology has made our lives quite easy and efficient. All it takes is just a snap of one’s finger — with which one can scour the internet — and get all the information and services we need in a blazing fast way. From paying our bills to doing the grocery, ordering food, even paying respects to a deceased loved one (online burol), everything is just an app away. Add to that, medical services. MediCard, the country’s leading Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) that’s run by doctors, has developed a mobile-based application that allows members to use their smartphones to avail themselves of MediCard benefits and services. Aptly called MACE (MediCard Access Express), this free mobile phone app offers convenient means to avail yourself of MediCard’s healthcare services. “We envisioned this app to open a world of convenience to our members. Through the new MACE app, MediCard members can request for approvals on laboratory and diagnostic tests using their mobile phones,” enthused MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya. MACE is a powerful application that allows MediCard members to transact in a non-terminal based mobile platform such as Android smartphones or tablets. “It is the more advanced alternative to the MediCard Online Settlement System or MOSS, which was used to automate the provision of healthcare services in accredited hospitals/clinics,” explained Dr. Montoya. IT’S  A-MACE-ING! With MACE, active MediCard members can view information about their health plan, generate their Quick Response Code (QR Code), register their dependents, request for consultation, generate LOA (letter of authorization) for lab tests, view their utilization (and your dependents’ utilization, with consent), search for accredited dentists, doctors and clinics/hospitals without going to a MediCard facility. You need not brave heavy traffic and waste time in getting all these things done. SIGNING UP IS EASY Here’s an easy way to get you started. First, be ready with your member code and date of birth. Search and download MediCard Member app on Google Play or App Store. After installation, open the app and tap “Sign Up.” Fill in other required fields such as username, password, contact number and email...

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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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