How will you know if you’re a COVID19 positive? I’ve been feeling under the weather since the enhanced community quarantine. I experienced diarrhea for weeks, and had fever last weekend. Visiting a hospital is the last option for me. I don’t want to be exposed to COVID19 positive patients. Since I can’t tolerate my stomach ache, I’ve decided to go to the emergency room to consult a doctor.
So what happened in the hospital?
When I got there, the staff did not allow me to get inside the hospital. I was ushered to the triage. They asked me about my medical history, travel history, and all the symptoms that is quite related to COVID-19. I had fever and diarrhea. That’s two out of the many symptoms of having COVID-19. It’s just surprising that they labelled me as Person Under Investigation (PUI) right away.
They recorded my blood pressure and my pulse rate. When they saw another patient coming, they asked me to go back to the car. That’s their way of social distancing. After a couple of minutes, two medical technologists approached me and asked for my blood samples. Both of them are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As soon as they’re done, they removed their PPE and disposed them. Am I really that dangerous?! Oh well, I guess that it’s part of their protocol. I went back to the car and waited for other instructions.
Our car is parked adjacent to the tent near the hospital so I can see how they are transporting the X-ray machine to the tent so I won’t need to enter the hospital. Here’s a picture of my mom outside the tent.
After minutes of waiting for the X-ray and other laboratory results, they informed me that I’m finally cleared! I don’t have COVID19 so I can finally have myself checked.
Although I was allowed to enter the emergency room, I still waited for a hospital bed. Most of the beds are occupied and they only have one bed in the emergency room. While waiting, they asked for a urine sample for pregnancy test. Apparently, it’s one of their protocols if the patient is on a child bearing age. (First time ko! LOL)
What’s the diagnosis?
After a series of tests, they figured that I have Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). This can be cured by taking some antibiotics and drinking lots of water. Not as bad as being COVID19 positive patient!
How much did I spend?
Hospital Bill Particulars:
- Laboratory = 2,325.00
- X-Ray = 1,544.00
- Emergency Room = 681.00
- RTU = 1,350.00
That’s a total of PhP 5,900 ($117)!
At this point, I’m thankful that my company gave me a health card (Maxicare). When I presented the card, I only paid PhP 472.50. Apparently, pregnancy tests are not covered by the health card and it’s fine. In addition, I also spent around 1,000 pesos to buy the prescribed medicine.Karla
Health is wealth, indeed. I would classify myself as a middle class so I have allotted savings for health emergencies like this. What if this happens to people who earns a minimum wage? The minimum wage for people in the Philippines is around 300 to 500 pesos per day. Most people don’t even have health cards. It’s just sad that it’s really expensive to be sick these days. Stay healthy folks!