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PIA Press Release
2006/08/28

Kalinga indigents continue to benefit from Philhealth

By Gigi Dumallig

Tabuk, Kalinga (28 August) -- Around 10,000 individuals with their immediate families here has benefited from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for free through the local government's sponsorship.

Mr. Rommel Aranca of PhilHealth Kalinga said in an interview that as of June this year, the provincial government enrolled around 4,870 poor indigents coming from the different towns, while a total of 4,195 are currently enrolled under the different LGUs of Kalinga.

The PhilHealth Kalinga recorded the following number of enrollees in various towns: Balbalan, 300; Lubuagan, 500; Pasil, 722; Pinukpuk, 330; Tabuk, 2,001; Tanudan, 588; and Tinglayan 471. Aranca said only Tanudan has not yet renewed their sponsorship this year.

"These members are under the sponsored membership category, wherein the LGUs will pay for their monthly premiums," he said.

Aranca said the scheme was designed to help poor indigent individuals and their family to avail of health services offered by PhilHealth, same with what other regular members receive to mitigate the high cost of hospitalization.

Enrolment of poor indigents in PhilHealth is beneficial to members, government hospitals and other PhilHealth accredited-hospitals alike to sustain their financial state. Through the payments made by PhilHealth, non-payment of hospital bills or credits due to high cost of hospitalization services could be prevented or lessened.

Tabuk mayor Camillo Lammawin Jr., on the other hand, said the scheme really helped minimize people asking for donations in the government offices, particularly the politicians. Seeing the advantages of said plan, the mayor pointed out that members of transport and business associations should enroll first in Philhealth before renewing their permits.

Meanwhile, Mr. Aranca also informed that members could also avail of special benefit packages like the Maternal Care Package that covers normal deliveries of the first two pregnancies and offers members or dependents a case payment scheme of P4,500.00 covering pre-natal care, delivery, new born care and post natal services.

This package he said is available only in accredited hospitals, maternity and ambulatory clinics and health units nationwide.

"PhilHealth also offers the TB package where cases of pulmonary and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis in children and adults will be covered if done through the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS)," he said.

Another is the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) package schemed to protect the family and the economic implications in the event of contracting the said dreaded disease. It offers up to P100,000.00 for public and private health workers involved in direct contact with SARS patients and up to P50,000.00 for members/dependents.

The PhilHealth sponsored scheme is part of PGMA's pro-poor agenda towards social equity to bring the payback of economic reforms in the doorsteps of every Filipino home. (PIA) [top]

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