Pangasinan now global model for universal health insurance
Dagupan City (29 June) -- Pangasinan is now a global model for universal health insurance of indigent families.
In a letter to Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., Senior Manager for Marketing and Collection Department Walter R. Bacareza of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation expressed desire to chronicle the remarkable feat of the province in insuring all indigent constituents to PhilHealth.
"With this effort, we will be able to keep a record of the accomplishments of your province, which can serve as model and inspiration for other desiring provinces that have not yet accomplished the same feat," Bacareza stated in his letter.
Bacareza also said that the Pangasinan's good practice will be published in book form and distributed worldwide.
The launching of the book, he said, will serve as highlight of the 15th year anniversary of PhilHealth on February 14, 2010.
Based on the United States Agency International Development's (USAID) benchmark, Pangasinan had to enroll 140,000 indigents to PhilHealth to reach the 100 percent universal coverage.
However, Pangasinan now posted a total of 185,789 indigent family enrollees as of May 31, 2009 including the city of Dagupan which is equivalent to 132.71 percent.
The sponsors of the PhilHealth card are: provincial government, 96,762; other LGUs, 40,782; and other institutions, 37,786.
Another 15,000 PhilHealth cards sponsored by the province are now being processed.
With an average of five members per family, over 1 million Pangasinenses can now avail of PhilHealth benefits.
According to Provincial Population Officer Luzviminda N. Muego, this is the first time that the province has enrolled a large volume of indigents. The previous administration in partnership with other LGUs had enrolled no more than 6,000 indigent families in a year.
The true economic status of indigents was identified through the Living Standard Survey (LSS), a tool designed by the USAID. (PIO /PIA Pangasinan/dos) [top]