- Senator Sonny Angara has shared his experience as a COVID-19 patient and survivor
- He said that he spent 4 days inside the emergency room and another 4 days at a regular hospital room
- The senator said that his hospital bill was about P400,000 and that he was not admitted to the intensive care unit
- Private Hospitals Association Philippines Inc. President Dr. Rustico Jimenez said that the hospitalization for COVID-19 could reach up to P3 million
- Jimenez said that the bill includes the respirator and the PPEs of the health care workers that are constantly replaced
Senator Sonny Angara has shared details about his experience as both COVID-19 patient and survivor.
KAMI learned that Angara stayed at a private hospital for about 8 to 9 days.
In a virtual conference with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Angara shared that before he was admitted to the hospital, he isolated himself from his family when he started manifesting COVID-19 symptoms on March 15.
“After some debate with my family members and the doctors…they said I should be [admitted]. I felt it was just a regular flu but the doctors said that based on the x-ray I took that night of the 26th that it had gone into my lungs,” Angara said.
“They feared something worse than just a flu, like maybe pneumonia, and two days later, they were right. Then I checked into the hospital,” he added.
The senator said that he stayed in the emergency room for four days, and spent another four days in a regular room.
“Everyday, I would receive a battery of medicines and tests, blood tests, ECGs. Things like that,” he continued.
For his hospital bill, Angara said that it reached for about P400,000. He added that he was fortunate because he was not admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).
“My hospital bill was P400,000. I think my bill wasn’t as big because I was fortunate…I didn’t need to be taken to the ICU,” Angara said.
“I think the stories of these huge million-peso bills are of patients who needed to be intubated and had to be in the ICU. I was lucky that wasn’t my case,” he added.
The senator also said that after he recovered from COVID-19, he realized the struggles of health care workers during the pandemic crisis.
“You just really appreciate, after going through something like that, very lonely and you’re not very hopeful at the start but when you come out of it you’re very grateful to the health personnel who took care of you and you realize what a tough job it is,” he said.
As reported by GMA News Online (authored by Dona Magsino), Private Hospitals Association Philippines Inc. President Dr. Rustico Jimenez that the hospitalization for COVID-19 could reach up to P3 million.
"Pwede pang umabot ng P3 milyon kasi po ang gastos mo sa respirator everyday umaabot 'yun ng mga P20,000 to P30,000 a day,” Jimenez said.
“Eh 'yung mga gamot pa po at saka 'yung gagastusin na PPE kasi kung nandoon ka sa intensive care unit, 'yung mga tao na magbabantay sa'yo palit po ng palit po iyon," he added.
As previously reported by KAMI, Angara was discharged from the hospital almost 2 weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is the son of former Senator Edgardo J. Angara. He has been serving in the Senate since 2013.
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