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Philhealth covers 120 Ifugao tricycle drivers

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (20 June) -- In order to ensure the health of the people especially the marginalized sector, the Philhealth expanded its program to about 120 tricycle drivers here.

Provincial Health Officer, Dra. Mary Dulawan, said that the tricycle drivers are one of the sectors that are at risk in their work. They are prone to sickness and accidents because they work even if the weather is bad.

Dulawan explained that this is a self employed benefit of the Philhealth package. She encouraged the drivers to save for rainy days so that they will have something to use in case they get sick or any member of their families.

"Like you save for the maintenance of your tricycles, you should also save for your health because it is your wealth," she said.

For his part, Mr. Albert Indunan, the Executive Assistant of the Provincial Governor's Office said that due to the economic crisis, everything has been affected including the health factor wherein hospitalization is very costly. We should take care of our health, he said.

The Philhealth here said that the drivers, who are now members, will only pay P100.00 every month. Their families will also benefit from the said program since they become beneficiaries of the Philhealth member.

Established in 1995, the Philhealth has the following members: employed, non paying, sponsored and individually paying members. The members will receive a subsidy from the government to cover hospitalization services such as room and board which is P300-P800 a day; generic drugs or medicines ranging from P2,000 P40,000 professional fees for doctors.

The Philhealth also included an A H1N1 package for accredited tertiary hospital which is the Baguio General Hospital in the Cordillera. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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