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PIA Press Release
2009/10/20

PGMA distributes Philhealth cards in Guagua

Manila (20 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday led the distribution of Philhealth cards in Guagua, Pampanga to 984 residents were given access to quality health care coverage.

In a simple ceremony held in Barangay Sta. Ines Betis, the President handed the Philhealth cards to an initial 50 individuals who came from the different barangays of this town.

Philhealth President Rey Aquino explained to the local residents that through the health card, they can avail medical services in any Philhealth-accredited hospital for free within a period of one year.

After a year, Aquino told to new Philhealth card recipients that they need to pay a premium of only P1,200 to avail the health insurance coverage.

Rosario Mendoza, 35 of Barangay San Agustin said, "Napakalaking tulong ito sa akin (This is indeed a big help for me)," as she received her Philhealth card.

Philhealth is the government's priority health program that aims to benefit the country's poor communities.

Citing the need for universal health care to help the poor cope with the prohibitive costs of getting sick, the President directed the Philhealth to expand its network coverage to the poor, particularly those living in the rural areas.

A health insurance cardholder and member of his family who gets sick can go to a government hospital and present the said card to avail of free medical services. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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