Wednesday, February 20, 2013

BLUE CARD FROM PGH: Planning to get one?

I have been planning (for a long time) to get a  blue card from PGH (Philippine General Hospital) but because of my busy schedule (and my husband has his card health benefits too where in I am also a beneficiary of it), I got too lazy to fall in line to avail these government services like getting a free (or if not, a very minimal fee) when having medical services like check-up, confinement and others. Others may think that it is a CHEAP way (or it is not cool), but hey, did you know that this is where a portion of our taxes go? Come to think of it, instead of paying thousands of bucks for a single medical exam, you can just pay a few hundreds for it.  You are entitled as long as you are a resident of the PHILIPPINES (I believe in other cities there are also health card benefits like the so-called, YELLOW CARD for Makati, etc.).

So, here am I, brave enough to conquer to long queues. Aja!

What are the requirements for you to be able to avail their so called BLUE CARD?

Based on my personal experience while applying for a BLUE CARD, you need to be a resident of the Philippines.  They are not looking for any identification card, marriage certificate, etc, but you need to input vital information on the registration sheet like your Birthday, address, spouse, telephone number, which I don't know if they are going to confirm in the near future.  But I was able to have a dental procedure even without showing my ID(s)...all I have to show is my blue card.  I am not so sure if it applies to all (confinement, etc) so better to call their hotline at 554-8400 or click HERE.

I arrived at PGH exactly 7:00 am. I was shocked for I saw around nearly a thousand people falling in 5 to 6 separate lines in 6 counters (I got this DEJAVU feeling when I was applying for an NBI clearance haha). I told myself, are you kidding me? As early as this? But don't be intimidated. Blessing comes to those who wait hehehe.  Sabi nga, kung may tiyaga, may nilaga :)


I have this mixed feelings (irritated, tired) but all of these are gone when I happen to saw some of those parents falling in line, while carrying their very sick child. It just sink-in how our country is in need of a serious medical attention. A lot of people out there needs these medical services for they don't have that enough money to augment their medical needs. I should be thankful for I am not doing it in emergency situations like what I saw. :(

So let's get started.

If you are still not a blue card holder, all you need to do is go to the OPD (Out-Patient Department) of PGH which is located at Padre Faura St. (between Pedro Gil and U.N. Avenue Station, in front of the Supreme court). This is the building where you are going to apply as an outpatient.

These are the following steps:

Counter 1: Pagtanggap ng pasyente (they will ask what is your purpose on check up whether it's dental, pediatrics, etc. The patient don't need to fall in line if the patient has a companion that can fall in line. Then you will be asked to register vital information on the registration form they will give you. You can fill it up while falling in line at counter 2)



Counter 2: Payment (They will ask and take a quick look at the registration form and pay Php 7.00)



Counter 3: Checking (there is a roving guard to check if you have completed all the information on the registration form. Mind you, he is strict for no BLANK SPACE(S)/UNANSWERED SPACE(S) allowed. Then someone on the counter will check if those written on the registration form is right based on how they understand and read it.

Counter 4: Processing (There is an employee encoding all the information written on the registration form into a database). That was a tough job! Kudos to this employee!



Counter 5: Old patient

Counter 6: Verification


NOTE: 
If applying for a new card, you don't have to fall in-line for counters 5 and 6.  These are intended for old patients who already carries BLUE CARD or have lost it.

Line 1 and Line 6 refers to Counter 1 and 6

When you're done with Counter 4, you will be given a BLUE CARD like this:


Also, you will be given a small paper where you will be directed and needs to fall in line (again) for assessment and check up by the doctor:


Don't worry, you will not be lost, for there is a bulletin board showing where the departments of OPD are:





Note: My apologies for the blurred pics, for I was in a hurry when taking up these pictures.

Luckily, there were only few patients on DENTISTRY/DENTAL department.  In fact, I am already assessed by 8:45 am. :) 

Hope this post helps for those who plans in getting a BLUE CARD.

-xoxo-



Note:  This is not a sponsored post. All of the images where taken inside the UP-PGH Outpatient Department and this blog post was done as a sort of help to my readers.





103 comments:

  1. very helpful talaga =) gud jab
    !!!! =)

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  2. hello po! thanks for the info here.. i'm planning planning to get a blue card to and my purpose is also dental..

    question po, kahit taga-valenzuela ba e pwede mkapag avail ng blue card? And mabilis lang ba ung pila? i'm planning to get it on monday cause i badly need it..

    Thanks

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    1. You may call 554-8400 to verify the information or visit http://www.pgh.gov.ph/index.php?q=contact-us

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    2. Also, line is a bit long so better go there as early as 7:00 am. Dental OPD surgery are only open from Monday to Wednesday 12 noon. Hope this helps thanks.

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  3. wow thanks for sharing!!! it takes a lot of 'tiaga' to get this benefits,,..#more fun in the philippines#

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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  6. thanks for the info! =)I'm planing to get a blue on Friday :)

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  7. hi! thanks sa info :) pero just wondering if paano ko malalaman ung number ko before to verify sa counter 6? kasi it's been 5 years na simula nung una at huli ko check up sa pgh opd using the bluecard and first time ko lng din nun kumuha, now wala na ung blue card, i dunno the number. pwede kaya sabihin na lang complete name ko then mahahanap pa kaya ung una record ko? pra di na ko papilahin sa counter 1? thanks

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    1. Hi Kesha, di nyo na po kailangan pumila sa Counter 1, sa counter 6 na po agad kayo didiretso. Pagkabigay nyo po ng pangalan doon, sila po ang magveverify ng numero nyo dati kase magmamatch yun sa dati nyo po records. Centralized na po kase ang record system nila (ito po ay base sa pagkaka-explain sa akin ng tauhan doon). Sana po ay nakatulong ako. :)

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  8. thanks for sharing mam...God bless po!

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  9. Tuwing kelan po sng schedule ng opd at pagkuha ng bkue card.thsnks

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    1. Lunes hanggang Biyernes po base sa pagkkasabi sa akin ng mga tauhan doon. Tumawag po kayo sa hotline upang makasiguro sa eksaktong oras. Ako po ay naroon na ng 7 ng umaga.

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  10. meron po bang E.N.T. doon? balak ko po sanang magpa check-up...
    At isa pa taga Cubao ako eh pu-pwede po kaya ako sa PGH?

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    1. They have E.N. T.
      Regarding your other question if it is possible to apply for a blue card, it is possible as long as you have a Manila Address (based on how I see it). But you can clarify it by calling their hotline:
      You may call 554-8400 to verify the information or visit http://www.pgh.gov.ph/index.php?q=contact-us

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  11. Hi, asked ko lang po kung after ng dental check up nyo, ano na pong ginawa nyo? Nagbayad po ba kayo ng consultation fee or something

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    1. Hi Ayyenlala, after the check up, I was advised to go back for the procedure (tooth extraction of my impacted molars). I was scheduled, went directly to the dental opd, together with my blue card, i also fall in line. I gave my blue card to the ones assigned on the dental opd (on my turn). Although i was in line, since i have an official appointment with the dentist, i was called immediately after my name was encoded. (7:30am). Then the procedure begins. (Around 20 mins to be exact for extracting my 4 molars). I did pay but it was very minimal compared to the private dental clinics, considering that the dentists are really well trained (magaan ang kamay, halos di ako nasaktan). I was advised to come back fir another extraction, then also for the aftercare. I find it practical to have my tooth extracted at a minimal cost than paying Php 21,000.00 for extraction. They just extracted without surgery. I am really impressed. I didn't get any infection afterwards. The wounds healed easily. Hope this helps.:)

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  12. wonderful submit, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don't understand this.
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  13. Hi po! On the day n kumuha po kayo ng blue card, naschedule agad kayo ng extraction on the same day? thanks po

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    1. Hi, hindi po, naschedule po ako after 2 days. Yung iba po after 1 week.

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    2. Hi po..got my blue card 4 years ago when I gave birth via cs...now im pregnant again..pano po kaya procedure pag existing blie card holder na.? Tnx po sa info

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    3. Hi please read the blog post it was stated here thanks.

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  14. hello po, pwede kaya dun yung caloocan? 7am ka po andun mga what time ka po natapos?

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    1. 9am tapos na po ako. Di po ako sure kung pwede kapag taga Caloocan.

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    2. Just confirmed, pwede po as long as you are a Philippine Resident and a Filipino

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  15. Hi. ano pong araw ang check up para sa mga pregnant women.......

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    1. Paumanhin po, wala akong idea, maari laman po ay tumawag kayo sa kanila telepono: 554-8400

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  16. Hi dear thanks for sharing your experience, very helpful. Sana lang you could change the background of your blog, medyo mahirap kasi basahin lalo na sa comment part. But it's your blog, I'm just suggesting :)

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  17. Hello po, ask ko.lang po kung saan kaya makikita ang complete list of services ng opd dentistry department? Pwede kayang magpabraces dun?

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    1. There are complete list on the OPD department itself or you may call their hotline.
      About the braces, they have no services like that but they can recommend which I think is at UP MANILA

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  18. Thank you and God bless :)

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  19. May pila din po ba sa PGH kahit saturday?

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    1. Not sure pero alam ko po Business days lang po. You may confirm sa PGH mismo

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  20. Yup, we dont cater other services po like ortho(braces), cleaning, restoration(pasta). We only do extractions including 3rd molar impacted/wisdom tooth removal.
    im currently an extern in PGH Dental OPD so, feel free to ask lang po. 09428252826. :)

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  21. Hello po, im helping out my SO to have his impacted molars extracted, we are working on budgeting. Kung pwede sana ma ask ung total na nagastos niyo po, procedures and meds if meron. Thank you!

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    1. Total ko po nagastaos ay more or less Php 3,000.00 lang po sa 7 ngipin na extracted

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    2. Kasama napo ung mga gamot na niresta? Salamat po! Your post really helped us, we now have a plan.

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    3. Hindi pa po, pero yung mga gamot na nireseta ay less than Php 200.00.

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  22. Oh, that's a good news. You can take dental treatments in low price. Thanks for sharing

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  23. thanks for this info..

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    1. Maari lamang po kayo tumawag sa 554-8400 upang sagutin ang inyong katanungan o bisitahin: http://www.pgh.gov.ph/index.php?q=contact-us

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  25. Hi, kelangan po ba blue card holder to avail of the opd services?

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  26. pagkatapos po magpa-assess, nagpasched po kayo ng extraction?

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    1. Nag pa schedule po agad ako after po ako mapa assess. Pero sa ibang araw ka nila iiischedule dahil kailangan mo ba bumili ng mga kagamitan

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    2. gd.pm tanong q lng bukas b opg counter H sa july 27 2015 nka sched.kc aq sa urologist nun eh.holiday nun meron ho ba check up nun?

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    3. Kung Holiday walang opisina. Maaari nyo po i confirm yan sa PGH sa kanilang hotline kung paano ang gagawin.
      P.S.
      Ano po ang okasyon sa July 27? July 17 po ang holiday.

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  27. Madam, kailangan po ba ang personal appearance ng pasyente para makakuha ng blue card? Hindi po ba pwedeng magpakuha sa asawa o kamag-anak? Salamat po.

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    1. Pde po representative para sa mga pasyenteng maysakit upang hindi na sila kailangang pumila

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  28. Hi. Ask ko lang po may babayaran po ba sa pgh for the wisdon tooth extraction? i mean may bbayran ba sa doctors fee? and mga mgkano po mggastos para sa dalawa wisdon tooth? pde ba same day na tanggalin wisdom tooth ko? pumunta po kc ako last sat pero wla pala opd every sat at sun? thanks sa sasagot. para mkapgbudget na po.. -aj

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    1. Mayroon po pero minimal. Mga 3k po nung year 2012

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  29. Madam, may pulmonologist puba sa PGH? At may alam puba kayo kung paano kumuha ng clearance sa pulmonologist?

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    1. Mayroon mo, tawagan nyo na lamang po ang hotline ng PGH sa itaas nakasulat.

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  30. Madam, itatanong ko lang po kung may pulmonologist sa PGH po? Tsaka, may alam puba kayo kung paano kumuha ng clearance sa pulmonologist?

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    1. mayroon po, maaari po kayong makipag-ugnayan sa PGH hotline na nakasaad sa itaas.

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  31. hi guys, i recommend dra. kath co for the extraction of your wisdom tooth! affordable price with a very good service.it just 4.5k only,no hassle na pumila ng mhba like to pgh. it took 20mins of surgery my wisdom tooth,no pain!for your inquiry 5237275 and 09428252826.

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  32. Hi! Salamat ho dito, nakausap ko yung nasa pgh yung doctora na nagpost, kaso wala na siya dun ngayon nasa private clinic na dito manila din lapit lang din pgh. Pero mababa parin siya magcharge di gaya ibang private clinic 8k pataas minimum. 4k isa lang charge ni doc sakin, dalawa kasi pinaalis ko. Parang halos kapresyo na ng pgh lang. Swabe pagalis ni doc, galing. Tska sumasagot sya kung may mga questions kayo kahit ano tungkol sa dental. Ito po # nya kung may mga gusto po kayo tanungin. 09428252826.
    Sana makatulong sa mga naghahanap ng affordable surgery po.
    Maramig salamat po Gracesongbird dito sa post nyo po!

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  33. Hi Ms. Jenalyn Bartolazo, active po ba 2ng number ng doctora, ngha2nap kz aq ng affordable surgeon

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  34. ask lng lnpo kung po b meronpoeck up for behavior development ng batah?hyper kc akanak ko..mgkanu po kya mggastos ko..pls help..Thanks po in advance!God bless po

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    1. Hi Pleasw call hotline ng PGH posted na po sa previous comments. Usually kapag ganyan, Developmental pedia muna ang mag-aassess then saka kayo irerecommend kung saan category yung anak nyo po (ADHD, ASD, etc). Try nyo rin po magtanong sa Social Services department ng PGH para mas mura

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  35. Hi maam grace ask ko lng po qng valid pa po kaya ung blue card ng misis kahit na almost 7 years n.nkalipas noong ngamit po un kase po na.operahan xa sa gall bladder stone, ngaun po kailangm nnmn nia operahan kase my tumubo n ukit stone at mrdyo critical na, kailangn ko p kaya po pumila ulit sa OPD pra sa confirmation ng blue card po o pwede n dumeretso sa OPD SURGERY? maraming salamat po maam Godbless

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    1. Hi po. Medyo matagal na po pero maaari nyo pong subukan tumawag sa hotline nila na nakapost sa comments at blog. Matagal na din po ako di nakakadalaw so hindi po ako nakakatiyak kung naiba ang kanilang patakaran sa paggamit ng blue card or nagbago po sila ng mga card. Kung susundin yung dati, dapat maaari nyo pa po gamitin yan kase wala po siyang expiry.

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  36. Hi po. Just ask lang po if pwede ako ang mag apply ng blue card para sa baby ko na need operahan?

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    1. Maaari po basta kayo po ay residente ng Pilipinas at isang Pilipino

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  37. May consultation or assessment fee po ba? Thanks!:-)

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    1. pagkakaalam ko po kung consultation wala po dapat

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  38. Hello po Miss Grace, araw araw po ba available ung mga doctor doon or meron clang sked? kasi pupunta mother ko sa monday pra dun mgpacheck. kelangan po nya specialist sa mata kelangan kc syang operahan mas mhal kc pg private abot ng 80k,kya try nmn sa PGH. maischedule kya sya agd ng operation? Thanks po and Godbless...laking tulong ng post nyo na to :)

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    1. bawat araq po iba't ibang doctor. tumawag lamang po sa hotline nila para sa karagdagag impormasyon

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  39. Hi po.ano ano ung dental services na inooffer nila?

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  40. hi po.ask ko lang kung ano ano po ung dental services na inooffer nila?

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  41. Hi! mam tanong ko lang po pwede po b ako kumuha ng blue card para sa papa ko kasi may sakit siya sa province at recommended po ng doctor na dito sa PGH siya i admit.pwede po b kumuha na aq bago pa po i admit ang father ko?

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  42. Hi,Miss Grace. Salamat po sa pagblog nito,very helpful po. Gusto ko po sana magpa-check up for Gastro and Dental..dalawang blue card po ba ang kukuhain ko? Pwede po ba magpa-check up ng sabay for these two sa isang araw? Thank you po..God bless

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    1. Isang blue card lang po. depende po sa pila at sched mg doctor kung kakayanin po pde isang araw lang

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  43. Hello ms grace. May alam po ba kayong dentist na dyan nagpractice ng dentistry sa pgh, na may clinic na outside na sanay sa impacted wisdom toothsurgery, kasi malala yung pagkaimpact ng anak, as in wala nakalabas na ngipin kahit kapiraso.worry kasi ako gusto ko yung sanay na. Tnx

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  44. Per person po ba 1 blue card? Ask na din po ano pinagkaibahan ng white card sa blue card po? Tsaka talaga bang pamatay ang pagpila para makakuha non o may online sila para makakuha? I'm a business women who always paid taxes palagay nyo po ba kahit business women ako aasikasuhin ako don o pang mahirap lang po yan? Thanks sa sagot.

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    1. Hi i don’t know the difference of the 2 cards. Of course they should assist you even if you are a business women since that is a government hospital. But do not expect special treatment ;)

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    2. 1 person per blue card. Not sure now kung may pila pa din from the time i posted the blog.

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  45. Hi po, pwede po ba na ikuha ko ang nanay ko ng blue card at isama ko na lang siya sa araw ng check up/procedure? Cholangiogram of the billiary duct po ang procedure niya.Thanks.

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  46. Good morning po. May blue card na po ako tatanung ko lng kung saan pwdh magpaopera ng lossloss diko alam kung tama ung spelling ko. Saan po ako dapat pumila. Salamat

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    1. Call their hotline they know better than me. :)

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  47. hi. .good day po. . .possible po b n aq nlng ang mag apply ng blue card pra s patient kng hnd xa mkakapnta dhil s sakit nia?. .pra s sched nlng po ng check up tlg xa pipila..thank you po..GODBLESS u.

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  48. Hi. Pwede ko po kaya ipila yung kapatid ko sa pagkuha ng blue card na as in di ko sya kasama sa hospital? Mahina po kasi katawan nya kaya di po kaya sa byahe ng byahe.. At mapagod masyado.. Pwede po kaya pag nakasched na sya for check up dun pa lang po sya ipunta doon?

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  49. Good Day Ms. Grace..
    Very helpful ang blog mo pati mga queries nasasagot unlike other threads hehe
    Ask ko po sana what time ang best na pagpila sa OB Gyne? Balak ko po kasing magkaroon ng record pra if ever na kailanganin, dun po ako manganak, 2nd pregnancy at High risk kasi nung una, nag aappear na yung mga signs na naranasan ko, nasundan kasi kagad in less than a year
    ano po pinaka magandang gawin?
    Thank you

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    1. Paumanhin po, wala akong idea sa oras ng OB Gyne, maaari lamang po ay tumawag kayo sa kanila telepono: 554-8400. Kung may kaunting pera po kayo, mas maganda po kung mag PAYING patient na lang po muna kayo. Inquire muna po kayo papaano.
      Kung bagong record at outpatient (walang bayad na konsulta), mag rerehistro ka po as new patient. Sundan nyo lamang po yung steps sa aking post tapos magpaschedule po kayo as outpatients sa isang OB Gyne. Kaya lang maaga po kayo pipila. Kapag natingnan na po kayo ng OB gyne, doon nyo na po maaaring sabihin ang inyong concerns sa panganganak. Congrats sa iyong pagbubuntis!

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  50. Goodmorning po.. Pano po pag nagparegister po ng bluecard pero ndi ko na nabalikan or nakuha ung bluecard ko. Magpaparegister po ba ko ulit pag ganun?kase po sa dental po ako nun ngpunta bali nirecommend po sken dun nung nglilista ng mga pasyente na mgpunta ako sa UP college of dentistry.. So ngpunta po aq bali di pa nbibigay sken ung bluecard ko.. Sabi sken balikan ko nlng daw after o kinabukasan.. Hnggng sa d ko na nga po nbalikan.. Pano po kaya un.. Nsa dental department po kaya ung blue card ko pag ganun?

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    1. Subukan nyo muna po tumawag sa MAIN TRUNKLINE nila then pa connect po kayo sa dental department, baka sakaling naitabi pa po nila. Kung hindi na makita itanong nyo na po sa telepono pa lang saan dapat pumunta at ano ang dapat gawin kase may record na po kayo doon.

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