Update as of September 2014:
For Individual Payors, this benefit is available only for those whose child delivery is covered by Philhealth.
This means you must have paid your premiums for 3 of the 6 months prior to your child delivery.
For mothers who are delivering their fifth child, 6th child or succeeding children (delivery not covered by Philhealth), they can still avail of the Newborn Care Package worth up to 1,750 pesos, as long as they are eligible Philhealth members and the pediatrician is Philhealth-accredited.
As of publication in October 2011:
The Philhealth Newborn Care Package (NCP) is worth 1,750 pesos. It is available for Philhealth members’ newborns, either delivered via normal process or via Cesarean Section (CS).
This package consists of services provided to your newborn baby by your Philhealth-accredited pediatrician in an accredited hospital. These services must be performed within 3 days of the baby’s birth.
These are the newborn care services:
NECESSARY or ESSENTIAL newborn care — 500 pesos:
- Immediate drying of the newborn
- Early skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn
- Cord clamping
- Early breastfeeding initiation and breastfeeding advice
- Eye prophylaxis
- Weighing of the newborn
- Physical examination of the baby
- Vitamin K administration
- BCG vaccination
- 1st dose of hepatitis B immunization
OPTIONAL, or these may not be available in some health facilities:
– Newborn Screening Test — 550 pesos
– Newborn Hearing Screening Test — 200 pesos
Professional Fee allotment is 500 pesos.
If the Newborn Screening Test is not performed, 550 pesos will be deducted from the NCP package. The same with the hearing test if not performed.
In some government hospitals, the Philhealth NCP of 1,750 pesos can be enough for newborn care.
But in many private hospitals and other government hospitals, the mother may need to make additional payments for the pediatrician and for hospital costs.
— You can avail of this Philhealth Newborn Care Package even if this is already your 5th or 6th, etc. as long as you have paid your premiums for 3 of the 6 months PRIOR to your child delivery.