- Good news: I’m not a COVID-19 positive patient .
- Bad News: I have Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
It’s hard to get sick in the time of COVID-19.
The out patient department of hospitals are closed. Even the laboratory out patient service is suspended. In some cases, even the emergency rooms are closed!
April 12, 2020
I went to Asia Medic Family Hospital & Medical Center to have a urinalysis. As for the protocol, they asked me about my travel history, and if I have any symptoms of COVID-19. I’m cleared. However, they mentioned that they do not have a medical technologist on duty that night, and they limit the travel history of patients. In addition, they do not accept patients who visited a different hospital prior them. Needless to say, I went home without any laboratory tests.
April 13, 2020
I went back to Emilio Aguinaldo College Medical Center. They did the protocol. They checked my body temperature and asked about the common symptoms of COVID-19. I mentioned my travel history and told them about my Doctor’s order.
Since the laboratory for out-patient service is suspended. I asked them if I could just pay for the emergency room so I can take the necessary laboratory tests.
I explained that I need to take the urinalysis so I can compare if I have improvement after a week of taking antibiotics. After some time, they gave me a cup for my urine sample. I’m still outside because apparently, emergency room is not available.
After about an hour, the doctor in charge explained that I still have high WBC and RBC. This means that I still have infection. It’s another week of medications! So let me share how much it costs for the whole treatment.
How much does a UTI Treatment Cost in Philippines?
For this day alone, my total bill is PhP 3,531.00. Here’s the breakdown:
- Emergency Room Fee: PhP 816.00
- Laboratory Fee: PhP 2715.00 (inclusive of Routine Urinalysis, Gram Stain, Urine CS)
- Professional Fee: PhP 500.00
Because I have Maxicare Health Card, I only paid PhP 2,550.00. The Urine CS and Gram Stain is not covered by the health card.
Last week, I spent around PhP 900 for medicine (14 tablets of antibiotic at 5 capsules of pain reliever). This week, it’s only PhP 720.
- Medicine: PhP 720.00 (10 pcs of Silgram + 10 pcs of Celecoxib)
I really hope to get better after this week. My stomach ache is really irritating. It’s making me less productive!
I can’t believe I paid for the emergency room without getting inside it. Anyway, it’s better safe than sorry. I think it’s closed today because they are sterilizing it.
My body might not be reacting well on the antibiotics that’s why I was asked to do the Urine Culture Test.
I hope that this blog gave you an idea about the UTI Treatment Cost in Philippines. Drink plenty of water. Stay at home and stay safe!
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