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Allianz PNB Life expands coverage for COVID-19 vaccines

Despite the variety of safe and effective options available to the public, and the numerous endorsements from health experts and authorities, public anxiety over vaccines persists. And while certain risks may cause concern, the vaccine’s benefits far outweigh them.

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Since the start of the Philippines’ mass vaccination program in March, over a million vaccines have been administered to Filipinos to fight COVID-19. However, slow rollout and low vaccination rates in the country prove that the population still has a long way to go before it can achieve herd immunity to end the pandemic.

So far, the vaccines available and given in the Philippines are Sinovac and AstraZeneca. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin have also been approved for emergency use. Other vaccines expected to arrive in the coming months are Moderna, Gamaleya’s Sputnik V, Novavax, and those from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX facility. With these incoming vaccines, the government is expected to ramp up inoculation by the second half of the year to inoculate at least 50 to 70 million Filipinos within 2021. 

Despite the variety of safe and effective options available to the public, and the numerous endorsements from health experts and authorities, public anxiety over vaccines persists. And while certain risks may cause concern, the vaccine’s benefits far outweigh them. 

Recent data has shown that the four leading countries in terms of vaccination have succeeded in flattening or decreasing cases after inoculating over 40% of their population. In Israel, severe cases and deaths declined rapidly after more than 84% of its elderly population were fully vaccinated in February. This has allowed their authorities to ease up on previous restrictions and for the public to now go mask-free.

“All is well” in building immunity against COVID

At present, Allianz PNB Life is one with the Filipino people in fighting COVID-19. “COVID-19 has posed many different challenges to people’s health and finances. Much like the vaccines available now, Allianz Well! is a timely offer that can protect people from the effects of the pandemic, including but not limited to COVID-19,” said CEO Alexander Grenz.

Through Allianz Well!, customers can get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available from a preferred healthcare provider. Its Wellness Benefit covers up to Php 10,000 yearly and allows reimbursement for vaccines up to this amount. On top of a quick and easy claims process, the policy fully covers hospitalization and emergency care for COVID-19, along with cancer treatment, dialysis, and organ transplant. 

It also offers convenient and reliable care with unlimited, 24/7 expert telemedicine consultation. With an annual plan limit of Php 100 million that’s one of the highest in the country today, it can supplement any existing HMO so you can get treated whenever and wherever by your chosen provider.

“Our policy is tailored to ensure that Filipinos get the best and most comprehensive kind of coverage,” said Grenz. “This is our way of saying that all is well and all should be well because Allianz is with them during COVID-19 and beyond.”

To help ease worries surrounding vaccination, below are answers by the World Health Organization, Department of Health, and Philippine General Hospital to some of the frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • What is vaccine efficacy?
    Vaccine efficacy is the effectiveness of a vaccine in controlled trials. WHO requires vaccines to have an efficacy rate of at least 50% and ensures they undergo rigorous testing and screening before they are approved. For example, a vaccine with a 50% rate reduces your chances of contracting COVID-19 by 45%. So far, all approved vaccines are 100% effective in preventing severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19. 
  • Does the COVID-19 vaccine have any side effects?
    Side effects are common not just in vaccines but other prescription and over-the-counter drugs too. Side effects from vaccines indicate that the body is starting to protect you from the virus. Common ones include fatigue, body pains, fever, chills, and nausea which last only a few days. 
  • Who cannot take the vaccine?
    Only those who show allergic response to the vaccine after the first dose or its certain components from past treatments should not take it. Individuals who are allergic to other vaccines, immunocompromised, and/or pregnant or breastfeeding mothers with comorbidities should consult their doctor before getting vaccinated. The same goes for those receiving steroids, anticoagulation therapy, and/or antibody-based COVID-19 therapy.

Before taking any important steps regarding your health, it is always best to consult a medical professional. Allianz urges everyone to stay well, informed, and future-proof through the pandemic.

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LG announces improved version of its PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier

The new LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier leverages its VoiceON technology which employs a microphone and a speaker built into the device to clearly project the user’s voice, making communications easier to be heard and understand while wearing the mask.

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LG launched the improved version of its PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, an innovative wearable device designed to improve air quality, the company introduced last year. Worn as a mask, the newest model offers an enhanced performance with its new voice amplification feature, ergonomic design and other features that are recommended for use in the new normal.

“LG has been at work in order to provide meaningful ways of improving the day-to-day of the new normal. The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier has been the talk of the town for over a year now, and here we are for an even better version. I’m excited to introduce to everyone a new product that’s perfect for the new normal,” said Sungjae Kim, LG Philippines managing director.

The new LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier leverages its VoiceON technology which employs a microphone and a speaker built into the device to clearly project the user’s voice, making communications easier to be heard and understand while wearing the mask.

The latest version of the device is equipped with a fully automatic airflow control system which increases breathing comfort. It also incorporates two H13 HEPA filters, the same filter found and used in premium air purifiers for the home, to ensure the air users breathe is as clean and healthy as possible. Driven by an ultra-small and lightweight motor, the device’s dual fans combined with LG’s airflow control technology detects user’s breathing pattern and adjusts airflow accordingly, helping the user breathes easier and more naturally. This technology prevents a common problem for those wearing glasses and mask at the same time, keeping their lenses from fogging up when exhaling. 

The wearable air purifier is made of medical-grade materials to protect users. Boasts of SafePlus multi-filtration system, the device filters out harmful particles, removes 99.9% of viruses, and provides clean air. Apart from these, the device is energized by a battery that is said to offer up to eight hours of usage at a single charge.

With its new design, the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier offers a subtle yet stylish look and comes in two colors: creamy white and ocean black. To guarantee a better fit for more consumers, the device will be offered in medium and large sizes. Its design also fits and seals to user’s face while minimizes air leakage around the nose and chin. The device should be breathable and right fit for the user.

The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier is currently available at online stores, Abenson and Electroworld.

Now that the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease is still very active in the country where daily virus transmission is still increasing in terms of number of cases, wearing a mask is highly recommended, apart from other protocols such as social distancing and hand washing. Dr. Ma. Adelina Sadili, consultant pulmonologist at the Makati Medical Center advises everyone to wear mask to stop the spread of the virus. At the event, Sadili presented a transmission model showing the impact of public mask wearing under the full range of mask adherence and efficacy scenarios.

Sadili explained that “if a COVID-19 carrier does not wear mask, the possibility of transmission to a healthy person wearing a mask is very high, at 70%. But, if the COVID carrier wears a mask and the healthy person doesn’t, the possibility of transmission goes down to only 5%. If both are wearing masks then the possibility of transmission goes further down to 2.5%”.

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Maxicare and Allianz PNB Life partner to create the Hospicash insurance bundle for Maxicare’s HMO plans

While an HMO covers the usual medical expenses, Hospicash enhances the coverage by providing cash benefits to address other expenses in the event of hospitalization. These may include extra spending for medicine, transportation, visitation, and loss of income while hospitalized.

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Maxicare Healthcare Corporation and Allianz PNB Life collaborated to supplement Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans with an insurance coverage. Maxicare Hospicash, the first of its kind in the Philippines’ HMO market, is a daily hospital cash benefit that will soon be available through Maxicare in partnership with Allianz PNB Life.

While an HMO covers the usual medical expenses, Hospicash enhances the coverage by providing cash benefits to address other expenses in the event of hospitalization. These may include extra spending for medicine, transportation, visitation, and loss of income while hospitalized.

“Everybody knows getting sick doesn’t just stop at footing the hospital bill; there are other expenses that come up too, especially with work and the family,” said Maxicare President and CEO Christian Argos. “Maxicare and Allianz PNB Life understand this concern, hence the partnership between our organizations in offering Maxicare Hospicash.”

“Nobody wants to be hospitalized and this product bundle helps alleviate the hassles and burdens associated with it. While your typical HMO benefits can cover the hospital bill, additional out-of-pocket expenses are often incurred.” said Alexander Grenz, President and CEO of Allianz PNB Life. “Through our partnership with Maxicare, we can provide a more comprehensive solution for hospitalization.”

In addition, Maxicare Hospicash acts as an additional layer of benefit or cash when the maximum benefit limit (MBL) for the HMO plan is used up.

For example, a Maxicare member with Hospicash coverage receives a fixed amount or Daily Hospital Cash Benefit starting at P250 to P5,000 per day while hospitalized. The total is claimable in cash after discharge from the hospital.

Maxicare Hospicash can be bundled with Maxicare’s Corporate and SME plans. Maxicare members can now have Hospicash as part of their HMO. “Maxicare Hospicash further sets apart the Maxicare HMO experience.” added Christian Argos.

“By partnering with a trusted HMO provider like Maxicare, we can provide Filipinos with more security at a time when both health-related expenses and COVID-19 cases are on the rise,” said Allianz PNB Life President and CEO Alexander Grenz.

The strategic partnership is an especially notable one between the leading HMO provider in the Philippines and the no. 1 insurance brand in the world. Maxicare won gold for Best PH Health Insurance in the 2021 Quality Service Awards Asia while Allianz PNB Life remains the country’s fastest growing insurance company in terms of premium income.

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Singlife Philippines offer no-fuss protection through and through

By making filing of claims and securing of payouts possible with just a few taps on a smartphone, customers are immediately relieved of financial hardships caused by high medical costs or sudden income loss.

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Singlife Philippines’ promise of no-fuss protection goes beyond digitizing how customers buy life insurance. By making filing of claims and securing of payouts possible with just a few taps on a smartphone, customers are immediately relieved of financial hardships caused by high medical costs or sudden income loss.

Claims services are just as important as the amount of coverage you get. It is the moment of truth between you and your life insurer, where you get to realize the benefits of the protection you bought. When the unexpected happens, your life insurer needs to be quick to fulfill the promises made to protect you from financial struggles and setbacks. The manual processes, tedious paperwork, and long waiting time should be the least of your worries, especially in a time of crisis.

Since entering the market in October 2020, Singlife Philippines has processed over 600 claims, with policyholders or their dependents getting their benefits almost instantly. These include payouts for COVID-19 test allowances in less than 24 hours, and confinement aids and medical cost reimbursements for severe cases within 3 business days. As an example, a customer who bought Cash for Dengue Costs (with a free COVID-19 cover) for only ₱700 per year received ₱331,500 in total benefits within just 3 days after filing a claim with complete requirements. A very welcome support to pay his hospital bill of ₱356,200.

What’s more, when it comes to its income protection products, Singlife Philippines grants advanced claim payouts worth up to 3 months of the income lost due to disability or death. This helps ensure a steady flow of income for daily needs while the claim is being reviewed. Cash benefits are credited directly to the policyholder or beneficiary’s GCash wallet or nominated bank account for easier, more convenient access to funds.

“The needs of our customers always come first,” said Kame Amado-Gomez, Head of Digital Networks at Singlife Philippines. “This includes providing a faster and more efficient way of filing claims. If you are suddenly faced with an expensive medical bill or an accident that left you physically incapable of earning a living, you can simply open your GCash app to file a claim, submit soft copies of supporting documents, and you will hear from us within 24 hours.”

Singlife Philippines’ use of the smartest technologies allows for claims to be processed in a fraction of the time, thereby getting customers their settlements faster and giving them a better overall experience. Customer service representatives are also available 7 days a week for those who prefer to speak with an officer to support them in every step.

“A disability or loss of a loved one is never easy. The least we can do is make the process of getting the money you need – when you need it most – simple and fuss-free.” 

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