Building a healthier community – online

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization, recently launched its new lifestyle website for your quick reads at wellness — anytime, anywhere! Enjoy healthy, easy-to-cook meals, articles in improving your lifestyle and tips in maintaining a tip-top shape through simple exercises. The MediCard Lifestyle website also comes with health calculators to check your Body Mass Index (BMI) and calories, plus a calculator suggesting the right water intake based on your body type and activity. You will also find lifestyle events staged by MediCard that you may find interest in. Kick-off your journey to wellness with us now! Visit www.medicardlifestyle.com...

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Medicard spreads holiday cheer to Metro’s road heroes

It was the end of what may have been another grueling eight-hour shift. At 6 a.m. one Saturday morning, some 100 traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were ready to call it a day, preparing for a general formation to signal the end of their shift. As they assembled at the MMDA headquarters in Guadalupe, Makati City, these weary traffic personnel were, most likely, already looking forward to getting a much-needed sleep after what could have been a long, traffic-ridden, bonus payday Friday night. A pleasant surprise, however, awaits these unsung road heroes. Medicard Philippines Inc., in partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, hosted a breakfast surprise for some 100 traffic personnel at the MMDA headquarters as a way of giving back. An informative talk by Dr. Christian Kiel Martin, gifts, games, prizes and a fun dance showdown with Inquirer’s beloved mascot Guyito not only gave the enforcers that extra energy boost for the next hour, but also a well-deserved pat on the back for all their hard work. MEDICARD: SUPER SURPRISE DECEMBER 14, 2019. Medicard Super Surprise at the MMDA head office in Makati City. INQUIRER PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II. “It’s our way of giving back,” said Medicard Philippines president Dr. Nicanor S. Montoya. “If you think about it, our traffic enforcers are among the hardest at work particularly during this time of the year, and so we deemed it best to show our appreciation for them. We hope to send good vibes across everyone with our simple surprise for them.” Avoiding hazards at work Medicard and Inquirer started the morning right with a short exercise led by Medicard marketing services manager Kate Cruz-Joaquin, which was followed by a talk by Dr. Martin, who discussed the possible effects of work on their health and wellness, and how they can better manage it. Dr. Martin likewise reminded the MMDA personnel to observe certain safety precautions, which include wearing a mask while on duty to protect themselves from air pollution and drinking lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, to avoid hazards at work. And what an attentive crowd it was, as they threw questions at Dr. Martin, who gamely answered the health concerns they raised such as numbness, back pains, and other similar ailments, for Dr. Martin who gamely answered them. It was one healthy discussion indeed as the enforcers asked about numbness, back pains and...

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RxER Flash Sale 2019

Give the gift of health this 12-12! Buy 1 Take 1 on MediCard RxER Virtual Card! How? 1. Visit www.medicardphils.com on December 12, 2019 2. Click RxER under the Quicklinks Menu to apply online – https://www.medicardphils.com/terms-and-conditions/rxer/ 3. Pay via credit card, bank transfer or over-the-counter* 4. Wait for your virtual RxER card via email For a one-time payment of only P1,998 (good for 1 year already), RxER members (no age limit) get the following services in our free-standing clinics. Click here to see our branches: https://fsc.medicardphils.com/: 1. Unli check-up with select doctors 2. 30% discount on labs, dental procedures and on services at MediCard Skin & Body clinics 3. One-time Annual Physical Exam 4. One-time oral prophylaxis PLUS! ER coverage on select cases in MediCard-accredited hospitals nationwide *Payment must be made within December 12. Email a scanned copy of your deposit slip to mbrazon@medicardphils.com for validation Hurry! How else can you give love this Christmas than to give health? For more info,...

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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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