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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 29, 2012


PhilHealth urges hospitals in Samar to provide supplies and medicines

by Ninfa B. Quirante

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jan. 29 (PIA) -- PhilHealth official Dr. Noel Arteche encouraged hospital administrators in Samar to provide supplies and drugs to members of PhilHealth.

Arteche made this appeal during the first Samar Hospital Summit held at the Capitol, Catbalogan City, Samar on Friday, Jan. 27.

“If the member buys supplies and medicines outside the hospital pharmacy, the hospital losses some income,” Arteche told the gathered hospital personnel.

The same is true with laboratory services, where the hospital cannot provide so the patients go elsewhere to get it and is given a refund, the doctor explained.

According to Dr. Dulce Cernal, Provincial Health Officer, these hospitals purchase medicines from their individual budget and from PhilHealth capitation fund.

Meanwhile, in her talk, Governor Sharee Ann Tan said that the provincial government cannot give everything that the hospital needs.

“There are still a lot of things we should do to offer the best medical services to our people, but we have to start somewhere,” Tan said.

Tan added that the private hospital is getting more assistance from PhilHealth more than the government hospital in Samar.

Samar province has hospitals in Basey, Gandara, Tarangnan, Calbayog and the Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City.

These hospitals have been the subject of criticisms in the past because of the poor services they offer.

“Let us try to fast track our PhilHealth claims so that we can have something to use in the hospital,” Tan told those who attended the one-day summit.

The governor urged the hospital administrators to work fast and do something to maximize PhilHealth benefits.

Spotted attending the PhilHealth Summit were Health Regional Director Ed Gonzaga, PhilHealth officials Asisclo Militante and Ric Wesley Carrillo and provincial health officers, Dr. Rodulf Mabulay and Dr. Dulce Cernal. (PIA-8)

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