Affordable Cataract Surgery with Philhealth

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  1. Mam, tanong ko lng po kung mgkano po kya aabutin un cataract surgery kung alang philhealth, di pa po kc ako member, pro gusto ko n mgpa-opera kc nahihirapan n ko minsan lalo n s gabi. Tnx po!

  2. Mam ask ko po yun tito ko po sa asian eye binan operation waiting bg approval ng philhealth tama po b na may babayaran kmi sa lens na 17k plus cataract kit na 2300 at 5k sa miscellineus

  3. Hi,can anyone help me which clinic in roxas city capiz is free or low cost for cataract surgery my mom need a surgery.. Thank you

  4. Hi Maam Nora, meron po bang Philhealth accredited hospital na affordable ang cataract surgery in Cavite area? Thank you!

  5. hi mam, sa novagen eye center po how much na kaya pa opera ng cataract? thanks po

  6. Hello! maam pls help me wat hospitals in cebu na affordble for lazer operation, one eye ng mama ko, shes senor ctizen po, san po afordble lng na package na po ung lazer operation sa cataract. tanx po.

  7. Hi Charles, it’s sad that there’s no Philhealth-accredited eye clinic in Batangas. I’ll send you the list so you can find the clinics nearest you. When you shop around, you will find that the clinics have different policies in implementing the cataract removal coverage which is 16k pesos per eye (usually separate surgeries). For a few, the coverage is enough payment for the actual surgery and just charge maybe 1k to 3k pesos for the cardiac clearance, consultations and other tests, and most likely the fees have increased.
    Most other clinics require bigger cash outs, like if their non-Philhealth surgery is 30k per eye, then you need to pay 15k more per eye. If your near Novagen, that’s where my mother had her surgery in 2014.

  8. Hi Nora, i hope this blog is still active. My GF’s aunt is suffering from Cataract. She have a check up in Batangas (hospital name unknown). As per her, she needs a cataract surgery and it would cost her 30k. Now, im helping her find an affordable hospital. I recently called Philhealth and confirmed that Government hospitals are free of charged for this kind of surgery. However, i went to Quezon City General Hospital and they informed me that this surgery also cost thousands. Do you know any hospital in Batangas that we can visit for her surgery. Or if you could recommend a hospital here in Manila that is affordable.

  9. Hi ariane, I suggest magtanong ka ng estimate cost of surgery before the operation so you can prepare. Ask your surgeon, kasi iba-iba ang rates nila kahit the same hospital. Ask how much will be your cash out if you use Philhealth. We all know that Asian is expensive and the Philhealth coverage is fixed. Sorry, wala akong makitang congenital cataract surgery sa Philhealth list, so ask the hospital’s billing dept or the surgeon. Meron ding mga surgeons na hindi member ng Philhealth, so ask. Prayers for your child’s eye health.

  10. good day po nora, may congenital cataract daw po po ung anak ko. 4 years old p lang po, need daw po ng surgery. pag po bata nilalagyan n din po ng lens? sa Asian Hospital and Medical Center po sya ooperahan, may philhealth po b un? gagamitin po nmin ung s asawa ko n philhealth para s anak nmin, mga magkano po aabutin ng gastos? maraming salamat po s tulong.

  11. Hi Maam Nora, ang baby ko po ang my cataract. May idea po kayo how much po ang surgery pag baby?y philhealth din po ako Maam

  12. Hello po, good day po Ms. Nora. May cataract din po ang mama ko, need na nya magpa opera. Medyo malayo po kasi kami sa Novaliches and SM Fairview. May alam po ba kayo na Philhealth accredited eye clinic sa Pasay area po?

  13. Hi Gabriel, depende sa clinic. Yong sa Novaliches Eye Center ng Novaliches General Hospital, covered na ang lens (generic, hindi branded). Magdagdag lang kapag gusto ng patient yong merong brand. Pero pareho lang naman na good. Para sure, ask directly the eye doctor or yong secretary nila kung meron pa bang cash-out from the patient for the surgery and the lens.

  14. Hi Mean, dapat kasya na yong Philhealth coverage para sa surgery niya, kasi government hospital naman yan na known for lower costs. Wala bang pinabili sa inyo na supplies or meds? Kasi usually ang mga government hospitals, nagpapabili ng mga supplies at meds. Puede kayong magtanong sa billing. Ang number one advice nila is iwasan ma-infection ang mata, so maligo at ma-shampoo ang buhok before surgery. Iwasan mabasa ang mata after surgery. Kung puede, hindi muna labas ng labas para makaiwas sa pollution sa labas. At huwag munang magbuhat ng mabibigat or magwork nang pagod na pagod at iwasang nakatungo nang matagal. Bumili ng protective glass (mga 100 or 150 pesos lang).

  15. Good day! Ask ko lang po kung mga magkano aabotin ng cataract surgery? Waiting na lng po kasi para sa schedule ng father ko po sa JRMMC. Nailakad na din po nmn sa philhealth nya. Tsaka ano po ba yung pwede at bawal before & after the surgery? Salamat po.

  16. ganun po ba.. umg philhealth po kc ng tatay ko ay sponsored ng gobyerno… cge try po nmin sa novaliches general hospital… salamat po miss nora

  17. Hi Ana, ang alam kong libre ay yong mga medical missions na cataract removal ang focus. Minsan ina-announce yan sa TV. Sa government hospitals, meron pa ring gastos kasi pabibilhin ka ng mga gamot at gamit. Sa akin, mas okay pa yong mga eye clinics na Philhealth-accredited at kasya na sa kanila yong Philhealth coverage na 16k per eye. Ang gastos mo na lang is yong consultation fee, cardiac clearance at eye drops. Puede sa Novaliches General Hospital (read above post). Yong Our Lady of Peace Hospital sa Coastal Road, Brgy San Dionisio, Parañaque ay around 3k lang ang singil basta merong Philhealth. Free consultation. Read info above.

  18. Hindi miss nora.. Tanong ko lang po kung magkano ang pag alis ng catarata sa mata.. At kung meron po ba mga libre ng gobyerno?

  19. hi nora my mother needs cataract surgery do u know of a cheap clinic in cebu she have philhealth (indigent)

  20. Hi Regie, here’s a list of Philhealth-accredited eye clinics in Laguna. Magtanung-tanong ka. Choose a clinic na wala na kayong babayaran for the surgery and the intraocular lens (IOL) na ilalagay sa eyes. Merong clinic na ganyan, na ang babayaran mo lang ay yong initial consultation fee at cardial clearance (to make sure na walang serious heart problem ang patient) at eye drops. Meron isa sa Quezon: Bonpen Ambulatory Surgical & Diagnostic Center, Ibabang Kalilayan, Unisan, Quezon, phone 042-5498511/042-549-8547, email bonpenambulatory@gmail.com. Nag-iisa yang clinic na yan diyan, so ask first, baka malaki pa ang babayaran. Ang 2 eyes usually not operated on at the same time. After 3 weeks or one month or more yong second. God bless too

  21. Hi Ms.Nora,my dad need to undergo surgery for his cataract.How much is the expected cost of the procedure?Can you recommend nearby clinic in bulacan?

  22. Hi po magandang araw po sa inyo… taga dito po ako sa Laguna dito ako nawowork ang nanay ko naman po nasa Panukulan Quezon sumasakit po ang mata nya dahil sa catarat at sabi po ng Doctor kelangan nadaw po iopera pero hindi po sapat ang aming pera. May maisusuggest po ba kayo makakamura o makakalibre sa operasyon ng aking ina member po sya ng Philhealth… pwede rin po dito sana Laguna area kung meron po.. Maraming salamat po and Godbless

  23. Hi Luchi, I checked the list of accredited eye centers, and I can’t see one in Iloilo. But there are accredited ophthalmologists there. However, both the clinic and the doctor should be accredited in order to be eligible for coverage. I’ll email you if I see something helpful

  24. Hello! My mom is currently in Iloilo and she is seeing a doctor na mahal ang charges, meron po ba kayong accredited clinics sa Iloilo?

  25. hi ms Nora.covered din ba ng philhealth pati ung lens? coz my mother is scheduled for cataract surgery at the end of this month sa may hosital sa bulacan, at first she was informed na wala syang babayaran then yesterday sinabihan na may bayad 7k pesos for the lens for each eye. pero u mentioned na di pwede sabay na operahan ang dalawang mata. sorry i didnt read all the posts ung sa una lang 🙂

    salamat in advance sa reply

  26. Hi Gillian, hindi naman emergency, pero siempre maganda rin kung matanggal na yong cataract asap so your father can see what he’s eating, doing, etc. Here in Metro Mla, Laguna, etc. there are clinics that can do the surgery with only about 2k pesos or a little bit more (consultation, eye drops, cardio clearance, etc). The surgery and the intraocular lens (IOL) that will replace the old lens removed with the cataract should both be covered by the 16k Philhealth coverage (16k for each eye). Usually hindi sabay yong 2 eyes. After a month or more yong isa. Ang problem lang kasi ngayon is there’s a new limit for eye surgeons — up to 10 Philhealth cataract patients lang sila for each day, so it needs scheduling. If you have a relative here in Metro Mla, you can ask for help for accommodation for some days. Kelangan kasi ma-examine muna, then i-schedule ang operation –maganda sana kung ma-schedule kinabukasan agad para di masyadong magtagal sa Mla, pero usually ang scheduling a week later or more. Pero there are clinics siguro, with pakiusap, ay ma-adjust ang scheduling para di masyadong magtagal dito. Pero minsan, kung magasto ang biahe at accommodation, baka magagasto rin sa Manila yong 25k na singil diyan sa Bicol for things other than surgery. Pero kung matulungin yong relative nio, makakatipid kayo. I’ll get back to send you a list of accredited clinics sa Laguna and Metro Mla.
    Eye clinics in Bicol, Eye Clinics in Laguna and Cavite, Eye Clinics in Quezon City

  27. Hi miss Nora,ask ko po kapag hypermature na po ba yung cataract kailangan na po ba tlagng ipaopera?nagpacheck up kasi yung tatay ko sa bicol eye center ang gagastusin daw po 25k nakaless na daw po dun yung Phil health n 15k package na po yun..ganun po ba tlaga kamahal ang pagpaopera ng katarata kahit may Phil health na?

  28. Hi Marnie, about cataract removal: you’ll pay for the initial consultation, eye drops, cardio clearance and for additional diagnostic procedure if needed like ultrasound. The surgery (16k coverage for each eye) will be covered in full if you don’t choose a branded intraocular lens (IOL). There’ll be additional fee, about 2k, for special monitoring, if your mother has unstable blood pressure.
    About glaucoma: Sorry I’m not sure. Coverage for Fistulization of scalera for glaucoma is 18k. Coverage for Iridotomy/Iridectomy by laser surgery like for glaucoma is 10,540. There are other glaucoma procedures with different coverages. Ask if it’s cheaper to have the surgery at Novagen along Quirino Highway or at SM. I was thinking they’re renting at SM, so maybe costs are higher.

  29. Hi Miss Nora, ang Nanay ko po ay senior citezen at member nag philhealth, one eye has cataract and the other one has glaucoma, doctors adviced is to undergo laser,we are planning to take her to NOVAGEN in SM FAIRVIEW, could you pls let me know if we will need to pay anything or philhealth will shoulder the cost? Many thanks

  30. Hi Gillian, 16k per eye ang Philhealth coverage. Usually, hindi sabay. One eye at a time. Ask the clinic kung covered na lahat yong surgery and intraocular lens na ilalagay. Dapat wala nang babayaran sa surgery, para ang gasto nio lang is the initial consultation, yong cardio clearance at yong mga prescribed eye drops. At kung meron mang dagdag or ibang fees, dapat affordable lang.

  31. Thank you po..ask ko din po kung magkano po kaya aabutin ang babayaran kung ibabawas na po yung philhealth?

  32. Hi Gillian, isa lang ang Philhealth-accredited sa Legazpi: Legazpi Eye Center, Landco Business Park, Capantawan, Legazpi City, Phone no. 052-4806221. Kung cataract removal ang advice ng doctor, usually yong initial consultation at cardio clearance lang ang babayaran nio. Plus prescribed eye drops. Yong cataract surgery plus yong paglagay ng intraocular lens (IOL), dapat ma-cover na lahat ng Philhealth.

  33. Hi ms.Nora,my alam po ba kayong accredited philheath clinic sa Legazpi city na mura lang po need po kasi ng father ko magpaopera kaya LNG my diabetia din sya nanlalabo n din po kasi mata nya ang age nya po now 55..sana po matulungan nyo po ako ..thank you in advance po..godbless

  34. Hi Sara, merong accredited clinic sa Baliuag, pero palagay ko mas malapit pa itong Novaliches General Hospital. Decide kung anong araw mo balak pumunta then i-text mo si Joy para hindi masayang ang biahe nio: 0917-3936682. Ang clinic ay every monday to friday, 9am to 12 noon, pero maganda yong maaga kayo kasi mahaba ang pila. Ito ay along Quirino Highway sa Novaliches, just before SM Novaliches; sabihin mo sa driver. Bring your mother’s Philhealth ID and senior citizen ID. Wala nang gagastusin sa operation, yong sa initial consultation lang at yong para sa cardio clearance. Piliin mo na lang yong generic lens, hindi na yong branded para wala nang babayaran pa. Kausapin mo si Joy na sana kung puede yong wala nang ultrasound diagnostics, kasi ikaw lang ang nagtatrabaho. Sana rin stable ang blood pressure ng mother mo para wala nang extra-monitoring fee during the operation.

  35. GUD PM PO ANG MOTHER KO PO AY PHILHEALTH MEMBER NG 3 MONTHS PA LANG PO AT MEDYO MALALA NA PO ANG PAG KA LABO NG MATA NYA PWEDE NA PO BA NYA MAGAMIT ANG MAMBERSHIP NYA SA PHILHEALTH PWEDE NA PO BA SYA MAG PA OPERA?MAY MAI RERECOMEND PO BA KYO NA HOSPITAL NA MABABA LNG ANG SINGIL SA OPERASYON NYA.AKO LANG PO KASI ANG NAG TATRABAHO SA AMIN AT KAILANGAN KO PO TALAGANG MATULUNGAN NA ANG NANAY KO MA PA OPERA AT NASA MAGKANO PO KAYA MAGAGASTOS KO PARA SA OPERASYON NYA.AKO PO AY NAKATIRA SA SAN JOSE DEL MONTE BULACAN.THANK YOU PO …

  36. Hi Eva, the nearest Philhealth-accredited clinic is Wellcare Clinic and Laboratory, Gov. D. Mangubat Ave., Burol Main, Dasmarinas. Phone No. (046)-416-6529. Tanungin nio kung meron pa bang babayaran kung gagamit kayo ng Philhealth. Dapat yong mismong operasyon at yong lens na ilalagay sa mata ay covered lahat ng Philhealth.

  37. Hello magandang hapon Po mam Nora ask Lang Po Ako Sana Mahelp nio Po Ako . Paluwas na Po Ng Manila ang nanay kasama Kapatid Ko kc papa opera na nanay Ko kc Di na talaga cia naka kakita senior na nanay Ko at member na din cia Ng philhealth. Sa cavite Po kami Nakatira San Po Magndq at malapit sa imus cavite para Di kami malakihan. Pd nio Po ba akong email para matulungna nio Po Kami patay na Po Ko tatay Ko Kami nalang magkapatid hirap din Po as buhay mga Kapatid Ko .

  38. Hi Mrs Nora, Good day. Kindly send me the list of Philhealth-accredited hospitals or eye clinics located in Quezon City. Thanks in advance it’s for my dad’s eye cataract. Thanks!

  39. Magpapa Cataract Surgery po sana ang father ko sa Medical City Ortigas..Free naman po kasi meron siyang Medicard..Kaso yung intraocular lens po 20k…Pwede po bang makabawas ang philhealth sa payment for lens? or meron po kayo maaadvise na pwede niya gamitin ung health card niya at the same time mura lang din yung lens?

  40. Good Day po! Tanong ko lang po kung saan po dito sa laguna yung accredited for cataract surgery na may pinakamura or free. Both eyes po kasi ng lola ko ang kailangan para sa cataract surgery. Thank you.

  41. Hi stef, there’s only one in Bohol, based on the latest list: Bohol Medical Care Institute Foundation, J.A. Clarin St. , Dao District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol c/o Dr. Jose Oliver Yu Phone: 038-501-9524 Email: bmci@boholmedicalcare.com Ang coverage for one eye is 16k. Puedeng kasya na ito, puede ring magdagdag pa kayo. Ask about their Philhealth package.

  42. Hi Ms Nora, my father-in-law lives in Tubigon. Do you know of any clinics that will use his PhilHealth card? He can get by with one eye for now. I’ll kick in any extra peso that is needed. From above that seems a total with PhilHealth card of about 13,000 peso? And then PhilHealth kicks in 16,000? Salamat.

  43. Hi Mary Grace, isa lang sa Cavite: Wellcare Clinic and Laboratory, Gov. D. Mangubat Ave., Burol Main, Dasmarinas, phone no. 046-416-6529. Nasa list din yong Casa Medica sa lower ground ng SM Southmall.

  44. Hi Ms Nora, My dad need also to remove his cataract. Can you suggest me the affordable clinic in cavite? Were currently in imus. Your help much appreciated. Grace

  45. Dear Ms. Nora,

    Have a great day!I just found your blog very great to know that someone like you who can share thought about cataract surgery, my mom was suffering right now with cataract problem, just felt bad about it. anyway, Can i have your idea if we have affordable hospital or clinic doing surgery nearby Dasmarinas Cavite area to be exact since shes now living there, just so hard for her the travel if it will took much long, my mom was in 77 of age.Please give some information.

    Thank you.

  46. Hi Erlich, do you mean the other recipients will not be charged? And was the reason because you presented your Philhealth membership and the others did not? If that’s the reason, then consider finding an eye doctor who can remove your cataract with you using your Philhealth membership. Philhealth does not approve claims from medical missions or charitable foundations. It approves claims from Philhealth-accredited hospitals or eye clinics. I’ll check the Philhealth list of accredited eye clinics and will get back. You write very well, by the way.

  47. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am a lifetime Philhealth member. I retired from private employment in 2006 at the age of 60 after 31 years of service. I will be 70 years old this August. Only last week I was recruited to be one of the recipients of the CATARACT FOUNDATION, INC. Bacolod City for cataract removal surgery. I was made to understand that this surgery is free on my part after charging their services against my Philhealth benefit.
    But it was not what I expected. When my time came to be consulted by the accredited Clinic Center of Dr. Jose Eusebio of the Dr. Torre Medical Center (formerly Riverside Medical Center) I was charged for the cost of len worth Php 10,000.00 on the pretext that I am not qualified to avail of their free medical service. Whatever that means, I am indigent and elderly to be entitled to free medical services as a Philhealth member. I am a retiree and a concurrent Barangay Official for almost 6 years now.
    I am scheduled for surgery on April 7, 2016 but I do not know if I can raise the amount. If indeed I could the Clinic Center stands to benefit a total of Php 26,000.00 for my case alone.
    Any response to this comment from your end will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you very much

  48. Hi Anne, if your mother can use Philhealth (through her own membership or through her child or husband), then Philhealth can cover that 15k. But you might need 2k for monitoring since she has diabetes. Choose generic lens, if you don’t want to pay more.

  49. Hi Good day, what is the exact cost of the surgery on your mother? is it 2,000 only because i checked their site and the amount is 15,000. My mother also needs operation and she’s diabetic, so I’m looking for a cheaper option. Hope you can help me. thank u so much.

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