After cheaper medicines come cheaper hospital bills
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (4 February) -- While more are now availing of the cheaper medicines, the government continues to take initiatives to mitigate health expenses of the Filipinos.
In Western Visayas alone, more than 100,000 members and pensioners of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) can now benefit from the GSIS-hospital partnership.
According to the GSIS press release, as much as 40 percent discount in the hospital bills now be availed by the GSIS members and pensioner at the West Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSUMC) in Iloilo City.
This came after said hospital becomes the agency's latest partner under the GSIS Hospitalization Support Program (GHSP).
Covered by the discounts are the GSIS members, their dependents and old-age pensioners.
Included in the benefits offered under the GHSP are discounts in medical services including outpatient services and emergency cases, medicines as well as discounts in professional fees of selected physicians.
A 40-percent discount could be availed by patients who undergo special diagnostic procedures, 35 percent for common procedures, 30 percent on room rates, and 10 percent on professional fees including consultation fees.
The GSIS said that if the patient has an eCard, he may just present this card to the GSIS coordinator in the partner-hospital upon admission to avail of the discounts.
If the patient does not have an eCard, he should present his office ID and verify with the coordinator if his name is included in the list of eligible recipients of the GHSP benefits contained in a CD.
The agency also advised patients with no eCard and who is not also included in the CD list to go to the Medical Services Group of the GSIS and get a certificate of eligibility, which can be used to avail of the GHSP discounts in any partner-hospital.
The GHSP can also be used in combination with the Philhealth card and health maintenance organization (HMO) card of the patient.
In availing of the hospitalization discount, Philhealth will be applied first, followed by the HMO and finally the GHSP.
Aside from WVSUMC, the other GSIS partner hospitals include Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital in Bajada, Davao City, University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Manila, Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City, Lorma Medical Center in San Fernando, La Union, Perpetual Succour Hospital in Cebu, and the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center in Pampanga. (PIA) [top]