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PHIC attains universal coverage in 4 CAR provinces

by MC Acmo

Baguio City (6 February) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation Cordillera Office has enrolled 363,437 members and collected P349 million in contributions in 2009.

This was reported by PHIC-CAR Health Care Delivery and Management Division head Dr. Dominga Gadgad in a kapihan forum Wednesday.

According to Gadgad, the 2009 collection surpassed the 2008 collection by 10 percent adding that Philheath paid a total of 71,206 claims amounting to P468 million.

PHIC-CAR also surpassed its membership for 2009. Philhealth attained universal coverage or at least 85 percent coverage of the population in Mt. Province, Ifugao, Benguet and Kalinga.

Baguio City has enrolled 84 percent coverage while Abra attained a 79 percent membership coverage. Apayao recorded the lowest number of Philhealth membership coverage.

To support Apayao attain universal coverage, PhilHealth has established a service office in the province. Davao City, as well as PhilHealth employees also gave donations, to help for indigent sponsorship in the province, Gadgad said.

Meanwhile, the upcoming election may help boost up the membership coverage and collections of Philhealth this year, if officials will utilize the indigent sponsorship program of Philhealth as part of their campaign strategy.

However, Gadgad stressed that if politicians will use PhilHealth as part of their campaign strategy, they must sponsor indigent families for at least three years.

Gadgad also informed that through a circular that took effect February 1, Philhealth will now also pay for blood transfusion that is very common to leukemia and blood dyscrasia patients, as long as the transfusion takes place in a PHilhealth accredited facility.

The month of February is also being commemorated in the country as National Health Insurance Month. (PIA Intern) [top]

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