Get Affordable Health Care with PhilCare ER Vantage Plus Online

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Above everything else my family’s health is most important. I once heard about a wealthy businessman who could afford anything but because he had failing health he had to sustain on a diet of crackers and bland soup. That has stayed with me and been a significant part in ensuring my kids stay healthy.

Despite that though and with the way our economy is drastically spiraling and environment is destabilizing more and more people are getting sick. One way to have some security is to have health care from a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) that can alleviate expenses and give us the assurance to seek medical attention when needed.

It can be quite costly to maintain a health card for the family but more and more HMO companies are emerging and now there are affordable plans. PhilCare opened the first e-Commerce site for healthcare products in 2014. To provide affordable healthcare they adapted an online voucher system. With the ER Vantage Plus you can easily purchase a healthcare option online, activate it and the get a personalized voucher which will be valid for 1 year.

ER Vantage Plus is a one-time use healthcare benefit that covers emergency care and hospitalization in over 500+ PhilCare-accredited hospitals nationwide. It covers viral and bacterial illnesses, treatment of injuries resulting from accidents (except for stroke) and gives Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) benefit of P50,000.

The whole process only takes a few clicks and entry of your personal information.

  1. Customer goes to PhilCare’s online shop and clicks on ER Vantage Plus to purchase.
  2. Once purchase and payment is confirmed, PhilCare automatically sends an email containing the registration details (voucher number, serial number, and PIN code) of the customer and the registration link.
  3. After successful registration, the customer readily receives his ER Vantage Plus voucher, with unique certificate number (identification number as a PhilCare member) validity period, and the complete product details.
  4. The plan is activated and becomes valid seven (7) days from registration date.
  5. After validation, ER Vantage Plus is ready for use.

The ER Vantage Plus healthcare benefit covers the following:

  • Doctors’ fees
  • Laboratory and diagnostic procedures
  • Room and board (PhilHealth is required for the availment during hospital confinement)
  • Medicines (except vaccines) as medically necessary during confinement, except for cases declared as non-coverable
  • Special modalities of treatment which are medically necessary during ER and confinement and subject to P5,000 limit
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as medically necessary during ER and confinement

Some emergency cases that qualify include but are not limited to the following: (a) Massive Bleeding; (b) Acute Appendicitis; (c) Fractures/multiple injuries secondary to accidents; (d) Convulsions; (e) illnesses or conditions resulting in moderate or severe dehydration such as diarrhea or fever; and (f) Syncope. Pre-existing conditions and those conditions under the general exclusions of PhilCare are not covered. You can read more about the ER Vantage Plus coverage here.

Payment can be made through the following:

  • Over the counter through PhilCare and Philplans offices, banks, and M. Lhuillier
  • Credit card auto-debit arrangement (CCDA)
  • Post-dated check payments
  • Online through Dragonpay

Give your family security with affordable health care to have peace of mind and easy access to medical benefits.

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All Roads Lead to HEALTHY CHOICES in BGC

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Take the healthy route and bring the entire family to Healthy Choices Bazaar in Bonifacio High Street happening from April 22-23, 2017. The weekend market showcases the best organic and healthy products that encourage healthier bodies, food choices, lifestyles, and care for the environment.  

The Healthy Choices Bazaar, in partnership with organic food distributor Yamang Bukid, is happening simultaneously with Bonifacio High Street’s FITSTREET 2017, an event centered on health, fitness and wellness, featuring fun activities and games for the whole family.

Pooling everything about a healthy body, lifestyle, and environment together – this bazaar will be participated by different distributors and wholesalers who will set up their own stalls of interesting fresh products for sale which will surely help you feel young and live a healthier lifestyle.

Expect great offers and discounts on a broad selection of organic and conventional harvests and services such as food, skin care, body care, eco-friendly products including high-quality brewed coffee from Buttr Coffee, easy and convenient coffee in a tea bag from STEEP Coffee Bags, coffee and tea from Equilibrium, chewy Caesar cookies that are hand-crafted without preservatives from Twisted Monkeys, Filipino artisan delicacies from Native Gourmet, nutritious meals offered by Grit, meat-free food from Herbivora and the vegan, gluten-free and plant-based food selection from Jertie’s Kitchen.

Also part of this fit and fun bazaar are eco-friendly items from Grood and Sidlan along with natural organic skin care products from PILI, NAIOE, Wild&Pure, Krave and a lot more!

The two-day activity with various food finds and green shopping selections also showcases fresh talent featuring up-and-coming artist Dane Hipolito, whose acoustic tunes are set to fill the FITSTREET scene.

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Is Boiled Tap Water Safe For Your Kids To Drink?

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All parents want to provide safe drinking water for their children. There are many purification methods that one could use for drinking water, but the simplest form of purification is boiled tap water. There are many contaminants that float around in our children’s drinking water and this is a major cause of concern for parents. Many in-home water filtration systems make a nice indoor fountain to fill up our water bottles, but they do not always eliminate all contaminants. To purify your water you will want to use a combination of water filtration and purification. There are many important things to know when purifying your children’s water. You must understand why it is important to purify your drinking water, the process of purifying your water, and alternative methods for purification.

There are several contaminants in drinking water that carry small amounts of toxins a human would not want to ingest. There are many large countries in the world that have problems with their public water supplies, and the residence cannot assume the water is clean. Major cities around the world have issued boil water alerts due to contaminated water sources. The city of Flint, Michigan has been in the news recently because the city’s water supply was contaminated with lead from aging service pipes. Don’t wait until you or your children get sick from water to take the proper precautions. The largest benefit to purifying your drinking water is to kill dangerous bacteria that can cause severe illnesses. If your water is cloudy, brown, or has a bad taste, then you should take all of the necessary steps to ensure your safety.

If you believe your water is contaminated and you feel the need to boil your water, you need to know the purification process. If your water is cloudy, then there is debris floating in the water. You can use a filter to remove these toxins. A coffee filter will remove many of the contaminants, but a charcoal filter is most effective. If you are located less than 2,000 meters above sea level, then you will need to bring the water to a roaring bubble for a minimum of one minute to kill all the bacteria and viruses. If you are located higher above ground than 2,000 meters, you will need to boil the water for a minimum of three minutes.

It is never bad to take too many precautions. There are several alternative methods of water purification that work just as well as boiling water. Iodine kills bacteria that may be living in your drinking water. This is a tried and true method that many hikers implore in the back country. You can also purchase a UV light system that kills bacteria without harming your water. The light breaks molecular bonds and the bacteria is killed and disintegrated. After you kill the bacteria it would still be a good idea to filter the water with a coffee filter to avoid ingesting harmful bacteria that may have survived the UV light.   

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