DSWD, Philhealth address medical needs of indigents
by Oliver Baccay
Tuguegarao City (29 March) -- To provide a basic package of needed personal health services for the social and economic well-being of the marginalized and underprivileged, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) Region 2 and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) have agreed to cover medical needs of identified indigent members of the society.
DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia said the agreement is an effort to efficiently address the medical needs of deserving indigent members of society.
To implement the program, the DSWD deemed it appropriate to pay for the cost of Philhealth cards of the qualified beneficiaries.
"In recognition of the contributory factor of health to their development and the urgency to provide them social protection, the DSWD will allocate funds for the enrollment and coverage of certain identified indigent households", Garcia said.
Dr. Roberto T. Reyes, Philhealth-Regional Vice President, said consistent with the vision and objectives of the state, they acknowledge their joint responsibility to provide basic package of needed personal health services for the social and economic well being of the marginalized and under privileged.
In order to set an efficient health care financing and delivery program, the contracting parties have acknowledge the need to adopt separate mechanisms for the implementation of National Health Insurance Program (NHIP's) regular in-patient and out-patient package, and the out-patient consultation and diagnostic package.
Under the Memorandum of Agreement, the availment of the benefit is not portable and the indigent members are assigned to specific providers in the event that the Rural Health Unit or health center is not accredited to provide out-patient consultation and diagnostic package based on the set standards for accreditation.
Dir. Garcia further stated that the MOA strengthens the implementation of DSWD's mandate to provide social protection, promote the rights and welfare of the poor and contribute to poverty alleviation. (PIA 2) [top]