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GSIS old-age pensioners entitled to discounts

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (17 April) -- Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) old-age pensioners who have been issued their e-Cards are entitled to discounts, ranging from 30% to 50% on their hospital bills under the GSIS Hospitalization Support program.

They can avail of the discounts with GHSP partner-hospitals – such as the UST Hospital and Capitol Medical Center in Manila, Lorma Medical Center in La Union, AUF Hospital in Pampanga, and Perpetual Succor Hospital in Cebu – by merely presenting their e-Card.

GSIS Davao manager Mario Mojica said to date; there are more than 5,200 pensioners who have already enjoyed the discount benefits under this program. As a matter of fact, the top three beneficiaries of the program for years 2005 and 2006 were all pensioners, with discounts averaging P320,660 per pensioner.

The success of this program also encouraged the GSIS to look for other partner-hospitals to assist more members and pensioners in their hospitalization needs, he said.

Meanwhile, for the implementation of GSIS e-Card Plus to all GSIS members, all government offices under the GSIS offices are advised that effective February 23, 2007, the GSIS will strictly implement the electronic certification of GSIS loans by agency authorized officers.

The GSIS will also disable manual certification to give way to electronic certification in all other GSIS field offices on March 8, 2007. E-Card Plus enrollment of members started last March 1, 2007.

This means that GSIS will no longer accept manually-certified applications for Salary and Emergency Loans.

The e-Card system represents the GSIS’ policy shift towards a paperless environment – from the tedious and unreliable manual system to the more reliable and faster electronic system.

It is also irrational to continue maintaining the check system when a superior payment system through the e-Card can do the job more efficiently and effectively, Manager Mojica explained. (PIA) [top]

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