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What you should know about the OFW Hospital

Michelle Abad

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What you should know about the OFW Hospital

OFW HOSPITAL. A facade of the almost completed Overseas Filipino Workers Hospital which was inspected by then-president Rodrigo Duterte in San Fernando City, Pampanga on May 1, 2022.

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Opened in Pampanga in May 2022, the hospital is the first of its kind to cater specifically to overseas Filipino workers and their dependents

MANILA, Philippines – In May 2022, the Philippines opened its first hospital created specifically for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents.

Then-president Rodrigo Duterte, who led the inauguration of the hospital, had said that the OFW Hospital was the government’s way of thanking OFWs for their “valuable contribution to the country’s socio-economic progress and for their critical role in upholding the Filipino identity in the global community.”

The hospital is based in San Fernando, Pampanga, where OFWs and their families can avail of free healthcare services. 

What health services does the hospital offer? What kind of OFWs and dependents are qualified, and how can they avail of services? Here are some things you need to know.

Who are the eligible clients?

Based on information from the OFW Hospital’s website, the following are qualified beneficiaries of the hospital: an active or inactive OFW, and the OFW’s spouse, children, and parents. Minor siblings of an OFW are also qualified as long as the OFW is unmarried.

Here are the requirements patients need to present on the day of their appointment:

OFW

  • Passport or valid, government-issued ID

OFW’s spouse

  • Passport or valid, government-issued ID of OFW
  • Marriage contract
  • Valid ID of spouse

OFW’s child

  • Must be 17 or below 
  • Passport or valid, government-issued ID of OFW
  • Birth certificate of child
  • Valid ID or school ID

OFW’s parent

  • Passport or valid, government-issued ID of OFW
  • Birth certificate of OFW
  • Valid, government-issued ID of parent

Unmarried OFW’s siblings

  • PSA/LCR certificate of sibling
  • Valid, government-issued ID of sibling
  • Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or local civil registry (LCR) birth certificate of OFW
  • Passport or valid, government-issued ID of OFW
  • PSA Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR) of OFW
What services are offered?

The OFW Hospital has general consultation for out-patients and allows for admission as in-patients. OFWs may undergo their pre-employment medical examination at the hospital, and can also be treated in a medical repatriation carried out by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Here’s the full list of the hospital’s services:

  • Family medicine and primary care
  • Teleconsultation
  • Radiology diagnostic imaging
    • X-ray
    • CT-scan
    • Ultrasound
  • Laboratory services
    • Hematology
      • Complete blood count with platelet count
      • Bleeding time/clotting time
      • Blood typing
    • Clinical microscopy
      • Urinalysis
      • Fecalysis
      • Fecal occult blood
      • Pregnancy test
    • Clinical chemistry
      • Fasting blood sugar
      • Cholesterol
      • Triglycerides
      • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
      • Creatinine
      • Blood urea nitrogen
      • Blood uric acid
      • Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
      • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
    • Immunology-serology
      • Dengue NS1 antigen
      • Dengue duo
      • Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)
      • Syphilis
      • HIV screening
  • Internal medicine
    • Cardiology
    • Pulmonology
    • Nephrology
    • Infectious disease
  • Heart services
    • Electrocardiogram
    • 2D Echo
  • Dentistry (under development)
    • Consultation
    • Extraction
    • Oral prophylaxis
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetric and gynecologic procedure
    • Tubal ligation
    • Dilatation and curettage
    • Normal spontaneous delivery
    • Cesarean section
  • Surgical procedures
    • Suturing
    • Wound debridement
    • Incision and drainage
    • Simple excision of skin and soft tissue masses
    • Circumcision
    • Appendectomy (uncomplicated)
    • Herniotonomy
    • Hemmorrhoidectomy
    • Open cholecystectomy
  • Blood services

Based on announcements on the hospital’s Facebook page, teleconsults and general checkups for out-patients may not be available on holidays.

The hospital can also provide ambulance and patient transport services, Malasakit Center services, intensive care unit services, and neonatal and intensive care unit services.

A pharmacy is also “partially” under development at the hospital.

How can I avail of a service?

Save for emergencies, patients with appointments are prioritized, according to former hospital administrator Dr. Jose Dante Dator in a video by doctor and video creator Dr. Mike Manio. The hospital has a bed capacity of at least 100 as of January.

Appointments can be booked online here.

While urgent care is available from 6 am to 10 pm, the hospital’s Facebook page lists its regular operating hours from 8 am to 5 pm. The hospital is closed on weekends. However, this information on regular operating hours was last updated “about a year ago.”

How can I contact the hospital?

For teleconsults, the OFW Hospital points to the OWWA Kabayani Telemed Helpline for Viber and Whatsapp:

  • +63 966 384 5018 
  • +63 966 384 5016

These are the general contact details of the hospital:

– Rappler.com

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Michelle Abad

Michelle Abad is a multimedia reporter at Rappler. She covers overseas Filipinos, the rights of women and children, and local governments.