Affordable Cataract Surgery with Philhealth

There’s a friendly place along Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City where your parents can have their cataracts on both eyes removed and replaced with intraocular lenses for just a few thousand pesos, plus your Philhealth papers or their own Philhealth papers or Lifetime IDs.

Affordable Cataract Surgery with Philhealth

Your total expenses will be lower or higher than what we spent, depending on factors such as:

.  need for blood pressure monitoring

.  need for B-Scan Ocular Ultrasound test

.  type of cataract surgery

.  type of intraocular lens

.  whether patient is a senior citizen (20% discount for meds and tests)



Novaliches General Hospital 

793 Quirino Highway, Gulod

Novaliches, Quezon City

(Near SM Novaliches and Channel 5)

Eye Center Phones:

418 2293 / 0919 991 1111

Hospital Phones:

9361817 / 9387890

novaliches general hospital

Private hospital. Philhealth-accredited. 100 beds. Level 2

The doctor who operated on my mother’s eyes was board-certified ophthalmologist, DR. MA. LORENA RUTH CAPINPIN.  She’s well-trained, skilled, and experienced. She has lots of patients. And she’s brave — my mother, before the surgery, looked very frail and very old, but she took on the task. She mentioned that aside from other obvious benefits, indeed it would be great for my mother to be able to see her grandchildren again and the food she’s eating.

cataract surgery

Dr. Capinpin specializes in eye diseases, laser and microsurgery of the eye, and vitreo-retinal surgery. She trained at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital and the Singapore National Eye Center. She’s also a senior consultant partner of the Novaliches Eye Center. She also runs the Novagen Eye Center in SM City Fairview.

At her Novaliches General Hospital and SM Fairview clinics, there are always lots of patients, with several coming from the provinces. Dr. Capinpin also sees patients at the UST Eye Center and St. Jude Hospital in Manila, and at the Zabarte EENT Clinic and Eyesite Clinic in Caloocan.

Dr. Capinpin’s assistants, Diane and Che are also compassionate and cheerful. The senior ophthalmic technician, Jesus Dumbrique, is also very kind and helpful.

Before my mother’s cataracts became worse, we had her scheduled for cataract surgery at another hospital. But the doctor there kept postponing the surgery. She was afraid that something will happen as my mother was taking diabetes and hypertension medicines. I realize now there might be reasons why my mother experienced not being able to see for some time. Indeed, that blind period in the recent past has been a time of deep reflections and prayers for her.


Expense details for 2 cataract surgeries (right eye and left eye), in pesos:

   400 first consultation (500 for non-senior citizens;
consultations are free within a month after surgery)
   580 3 lab tests (ECG, FBS, Chest X-Ray)
   800 Medical clearance from cardiologist
2,652 B-Scan Ocular Ultrasound and Biometry
4,000 Monitoring of local anesthesia
and high-blood pressure
(2,000 pesos per surgery)


Post-surgery care expenses:

1,623 Eye drop (Vigamox; 3 bottles at 541 each)
1,485 Eye drop (Tobradex; 3 bottles at 495 each)
   874 Eye ointment (Tobradex; 2 tubes at 437 each)
   165 Eye drop  (Hypersalt; 165 per bottle)
   118 Acetazolamide 250 mg tablets (6 tablets)
   100 Protective glass for the eyes



1.  Prices written above may change. More eye drop bottles may be needed. Note also that most of the prices were computed with 20% senior-citizen discounts.  You might also spend more for transpo and food.

2.  Arrive before consultation hours as there are always lots of patients.  List your name with the guard if the eye consultation room is not yet open.

3.  You can get off your vehicle or taxi right at the hospital door.

4.  Parking is available infront of the hospital, adjacent to Quirino Highway.

5.  Outpatient ECG and Chest x-rays are done during business hours while FBS is done around 7 am, so plan your trips to save on costs, specially if you have to hire a driver.

6.  B-Scan is done at Novagen in nearby SM Fairview.

7.  Note the schedules of the cardiologist who will give the medical clearance. He needs the results of your 3 lab tests.  Make copies of these results, one set for the cardiologist and another set for the eye center.

8.  Pay attention to the instructions before and after surgery.  Comply with the eye drop schedules, the restrictions on activities and the need to protect the eyes from infection.

9.  If both eyes need cataract removal, choose one eye first for the first surgery. You can have the second eye surgery after 3 to 4 weeks or a bit more.

10. If 60 or older, bring your senior citizen ID, your purchase booklet, and your prescription slip, if you buy your eyedrops at Mercury Drug.


Affordable Cataract Surgery at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, Coastal Road, Brgy. San Dionisio, Paranaque City

There’s another private hospital, Our Lady of Peace Hospital, along Coastal Road in Brgy. San Dionisio, Paranaque City, that offers affordable cataract surgery. It’s a 90-bed private hospital run by the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres.

As of February 2015, the charge is 3,000 pesos if you are an active Philhealth member.
Call 825-7653 first to confirm these consultation schedules below:
Free consultations: Tuesday and Friday mornings
Surgeries: Monday and Wednesday


There are other hospitals and eye centers that offer cataract removal surgery for just the Philhealth coverage or Philhealth plus a few thousand pesos. You just have to ask around and look for them.


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  1. Ma. Consuelo Arquintillo

    Gud day… Do you have names of accredited hospitals that perform low cost cataract surgery in roxas city. Because one of the hospital there told us that it will cost up to 33,000 pesos for surgery of one eye only.

  2. Hi good day can i have list of hospital for cataract surgery in taguig area .tn

  3. Hi good day, can you please send me an email of the list of accredited hospitals or clinic near cavite. my parents needs a cataract operations and i hope we can have a discount.

  4. hi read this blog.. needing assitance for list of hospitals na mura lang ang cataract surgery for my father in law

  5. Hi Jade, I emailed you the list.

  6. Jade Desly V. Espino

    nakatira po kami sa bluementrit manila. sana po within the area o kahit QC nag subok po akong mag hanap ng mga hospitals pero nalilito pa din po ako sa coverage ng philhealth. sabi po ng doctor sa chinese gen by next week kailangan na daw po ang surgery. eto po ang email ko seeking for your advise and guidance. maraming salamat po!

  7. Jade Desly V. Espino

    Hi Ms. Nora ask ko lang po ano po ba ang mga philhealth accredited hospital for cataract and glaucoma surgery. Yung lola ko po kasi 2 weeks na po nagtitiis yung kanan mata niya ay biglang namaga at hindi na maka kita. nag consult po kami sa chinese gen. 28k po ang surgery. baka po may alam kayo na mapag dadalhan ko sakanya na ma cover po ang senior citizen philhealth o minimal lang po ang aming ma gastos. salamat po.

  8. Hi weng, ire-require nila na magpa-examine muna sa cardiologist nila ang mother mo para mabigyan siya ng cardio clearance to undergo the surgery. Then if cleared for surgery, during the surgery, merong magma-monitor sa blood pressure niya, so you will pay for this extra service. I forgot na, parang 2k yata noon. Sorry I’m not sure kung merong operating room sa Novagen SM. Malamang sa hospital gagawin. Paki-ask mo na lang sila.

  9. kung s novagen sm fairview ang checkup saan po ginagawa ang operation?

  10. hi po! sana mabasa nyo po ito. and hoping for your reply. kung dun po sa novagen ang checkup, san po sinasagawa un operation? sabi nyo po may highblood un mother nyo? pano po ginawa preparation sa knya pra s operasyon? my mother is 70+ na po. and taking maintenance pr s high blood. thanks po and more power.

  11. Hi Violy, sorry wala akong alam na free cataract removal ngayon. Kung malapit kayo sa Manila Doctors Hospital sa UN Avenue, puede kayong magtanong kung paano maka-avail sa free cataract removal program nila.

  12. Hi po Good morning. Gusto ko po tulungan mailapit yung neighbor namin both eye po kasi partial blind na. yung philhealth po kasi di nabayran ng employer pero binayaran na po niya ng sarili niyang pera. After 3 mos pa po magamit. Ask lang po if meron po sana free operation ng cataract sa ngayon? thank you po.

  13. Hi yhana, sorry hindi ko na sure kung covered pa lahat up to now. When it was my mother’s time, covered lahat yong surgery. Ang hindi covered ay yong cardio-clearance-test at yong mga eye drops. Kung merong additional lab test, hindi covered. Kung papipiliin ka ng lens, choose the generic or unbranded lens para wala nang cost. Itext mo yong cell phone number at tanungin. Puede mo rin matanong sa first consultation. Get there early sa schedule to be among the first in the queue.

  14. Hi I just want to ask if cataract surgery expenses is covered all by philhealth? My father is already senior and still working, he will come from the province to take his cataract surgery in novagen eye center.

  15. Hi Leo, I emailed you

  16. Hi Ms Nora.

    Tanong ko lang kung hanggang ngayon may operasyon parin sila ng catarata or baka po may alam kayo list ng philhealth accredited doctors or clinic sa Taguig area.


  17. Hi liny, nag-file ka ba ng Philhealth papers mo bago ka nadischarge in 2015? Andiyan pa ba ang hospital bill mo? Kasi makikita mo sa bill kung magkano ang na-cover ng Philhealth. Kung nabawasan ang bill mo ng Philhealth coverage, dapat meron kang natanggap na notice from Philhealth na doon mo makikita kung magkano ang binayaran ng Philhealth sa hospital.

  18. Hi liny, kapag cataract operation using Philhealth, tanungin nio muna yong eye doctor or ophthalmologist kung Philhealth-accredited siya at kung Philhealth-accredited yong clinic niya or yong hospital. Dapat tanungin agad ang Philhealth package bago surgery kasi kukuha muna ng pre-approval sa Philhealth bago gagawin ang surgery. 16k ang Philhealth coverage per eye.

  19. Hi good am sa sayo… 2015 naoperahan po ako sa thyroid gland ko nakabayad ko ako sa hospital 18 k sa manila at meron po ako philhealthat hinigian po ako sa hospital kong meron ba ako philhealth at hindi ko alam kong gaano ka laki ang mabawas kong naoperahan sa thyoidgland at ngaun ko lang nakita 31 k pala mabawwas sa philhealth .kaya ano bang dapad gawin o marifound ba sa hospital ung bayad ko at mag recibo tinago ko.

  20. Hi good am ,ako po ng sulat dito dahil magtanong ang ako ung bayaw ko operahan sa mata dalawa sa catarac og pinahanda sila sa doctore ng 5ok at meron po siya philhealth member po siya atkong matutupad man operahan cia sa dalwang mata mgkano ba mabawas sa philhealth

  21. Hi marlon, dapat kasyang-kasya na yang budget mo, at sana sobra pa. Sa Novagen nagpa-surgery ang mother ko. Find the hospital address in the article above. I will email you the list of Philhealth-accredited clinics. Hanapin mo na lang yong merong “eye” or sa palagay mo ay eye clinic na malapit sa inyo. God bless din sa iyo for being a good son. Happy birthday to your mother.

  22. Hello, Mrs Nora ask komlng mam kung magkano aabutin ng operasyon at saan mas makamura na hospital taga nueva ecija mama ko papaluwasin ko po balak ko sana ipaopera ung mama ko po sa bday nya, may philhealth po ako hmmm budget ko po mam is 12k kulang po ba yon or sobra maraming salamat po mam sa pagsagot God bless po

  23. Hi Sheila, yes, accredited ang Novagen sa SM Fairview or yong eye center ng Novaliches Gen Hospital. Pero ask mo rin yong ophthalmologist na accredited din ng Philhealth. Ask mo ang Philhealth package nila na wala o konti lang ang cashout

  24. hello po ask ko lang po may nabasa po kasi ako article na free lang po ang cataract surgery sa mga senior basta philhealth accredited po ang clinic o hospital? malapit po kasi kami sa nova gen sm fairview or sa may quirino highway. kasama din po ba kayo sa accredited na may inooffer po n free surgery services. para po sana mailapit ko din si nanay. thank you po and Godbless

  25. hi po.tanong ko po kun hangang ngayon ang our lady of peace hospital sa paranyake.ang operasyon sa katarata is 3k pa din para sa mga philhealth member?salamay

  26. Hi po good morning po, my katarata po ang Nanay ko, 55 years old Po sya at nagluluha n Po palagi ang mata nya, Hindi Po sya philhealth holder, gusto ko Po sya ipaconsult pra mlmn ang mga dapt n Gavin procedure Sknya, salamat po

  27. Hi jaime, senior na ba ang nanay mo? Kung hindi pa, ikuha mo siya ng Philhealth membership, then magtanung-tanong ka ng eye clinic na kasya na yong Philhealth cataract benefit for both her eyes. Saan kang area para ma-list ko yong Philhealth accredited ophthalmologists diyan

  28. Thanks God I found me naman po sa pag papaopera ng cataract ng nanay ko,hindi po ganun ka laki ang sahod ko,pag nakikita ko kc ang nanay ko nahihirapan sya sa cataract nya wala naman ako magawa kasi hindi ganun ka laki ang sinasahod ko halos bayad utang lang din,help me naman po san may murang cataract sx na pwede ko sya ilapit..God bless more power.

  29. Hi Allan, sorry hindi po si Doc ang nagsulat ng article. Noong time namin nagpupunta sa clinic niya sa Quirino at sa SM Fairview, puro seniors ang nakikita kong patients. Pero siguro baka naman si Doc also treat babies, or her colleagues. Call na lang yong assistants niya — phone numbers nasa post.

  30. Hi good evening po doc, ask ko lang po if may surgery din po ba kayo sa katact ng baby ko? Thanks po godbless

  31. Hi Helario, kung nagkaroon na ng cataract surgery, ibig sabihin nalagyan na rin ng IOL. Sorry hindi ko alam kung magkano ang cataract surgery sa Quirino Memorial. Magpa-consult uli kayo sa eye eurgeon nio at kausapin nio yong eye surgeon kung puede niong gamitin ang Philhealth at kung puedeng ma-cover na lahat ng Philhealth ang gastos.

  32. Hi MAdam,

    Did hospital conduct IOL for infants 3 years old.
    The cataract already remove done in Quirino memorial hospital in Quezon city.\
    How much the cost if my daughter undergone IOL both eye.

  33. Good day. I saw something about Asian Eye Hospital saying that cataract operation per eye is around 2500. Anyone there who tried it at Cabrini Sto. Tomas Batangas? Thanks

  34. good am… penge po list here in manila for cataract surgery na medyo affordable..

  35. 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!

  36. 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

  37. 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

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

  39. reysel veannese a. ibias

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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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?

  47. 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.

  48. Good day ms nora 🙂 covered po ba ng philhealth ung lens na ilalagay? Tnx..

  49. 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).

  50. 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.

  51. 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

  52. 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.

  53. 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?

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

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  56. 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 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

  57. 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?

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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?

  61. 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

  62. Thanks po ms.nora 🙂 godbless po

  63. 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

  64. 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?

  65. 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.

  66. 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

  67. 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.

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

  69. 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.

  70. 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

  71. 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.


  73. 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.

  74. 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 .

  75. Hi arlene, here’s a list of Philhealth-accredited eye centers in Quezon City. I hope later on, when you have time, you can share your experiences so others can get important info from you

  76. 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!

  77. Hi ALEX, puede yan kung yong eye surgeon and Medical City are both Philhealth-accredited, and the eye surgeon is willing to obtain pre-authorization from Philhealth for cataract removal coverage. Here’s a list of Ambulatory Surgical Clinics offering cataract surgery with Philhealth coverage.

  78. 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?

  79. 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.

  80. 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: Ang coverage for one eye is 16k. Puedeng kasya na ito, puede ring magdagdag pa kayo. Ask about their Philhealth package.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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

  84. Hi Raymond, I emailed you

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. Erlich Cabalatungan

    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

  88. 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.

  89. 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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