PBA teams agree to pick up hospital expenses of players infected with COVID-19

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Management of the different Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) teams has agreed to pick up the hospital bill for any player of theirs that contracts the virus.

The move is considered to be a measure that is being put in place by the PBA Commissioner’s Office to assuage the players’ fears once they return to practice in the next few weeks.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has already given the PBA the green light for its teams to return to practice, albeit in groups of six. However, the league has yet to receive the official papers from the agency.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial disclosed that the players have brought the issue of health insurance to him during their recent meeting. Hospital confinement and treatment in a private hospital does not come cheap with several reports pegging the total bill to reach millions.

However, in spite of the said health coverage and stringent health protocols that the league has established, Marcial said that concern among the players remain prevalent. It is a sentiment that was confirmed by Cebuano ace Roger Ray Pogoy, who plays for Talk N Text.

“Sa tinoud lang, naa jud kahadlok pero wala ta mahimo ug sige ra ta paabot kanus-a ni mahuman ang pandemic (To be honest, the fear will always be there. But at the same time, we won’t be able to get anything done if we just wait for this pandemic to be over),” said Pogoy, who is the pride of Talisay City.

Pogoy said he is ready to accept the “new normal” but added that he would take every extra precaution there is.

“Mao ok na sa ako na muduwa na kay mao naman gyud ni ang new normal. Mag-amping gyud kanunay (That’s why I’m ready to play because this is the new normal. We just have to always be extra careful),” said Pogoy. (JNP)