Philhealth Cites Capiz Indigency Program
by Jemin B. Guillermo, PIA
Roxas City (16 February) -- The province of Capiz has been a national awardee of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for universally covering the target population with health insurance.
According to Capiz PhilHealth Provincial Manager Joe Frederick Diaz, the province of Capiz, led by Governor Victor Tanco, was a recipient of a plaque of recognition at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City because of the universal health insurance coverage from 2008 to 2009.
Diaz said that in behalf of the governor, Provincial Administrator Francisco Dariagan received the award from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Dr. Rey Aquino.
He added that Dr. Ana Mae Belasoto, Municipal Health Officer of Dumalag town also received a plaque of recognition in behalf of their Rural Health Unit from President Arroyo for their 3 in 1 accredited facility, that is, Out-Patient Benefit package, tuberculosis-Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (TB-DOTS) and Maternity Care package.
The two other national awardees from Capiz include the Saint Anthony Public Private Mix DOTS of Saint Anthony College Hospital and Elma Boluso of Elma Boluso Well Family Midwife Clinic in Roxas City, he said.
Diaz disclosed that the event, which was held last February 12, is part of the government's effort to recognize top performing partners, health care facilities, local government units and collecting agents in the implementation of the administration's health insurance program.
During the ceremony at the PICC, President Arroyo revealed that more than 85 percent or 70 million of the country's population are now covered by health insurance.
She said that the money to finance the health insurance coverage, which is a very important social service, was sourced from the implementation of the expanded value added tax (EVAT).
On the other hand, Aquino said that the 85 percent Filipino population covered by health insurance is a milestone in social health insurance.
He added that to date, PhilHealth members are entitled to a wide range of benefits including allowances for hospital room and board fees from P300 to P1,100 per day up to 45 days per year; drug and medicines from P2,700 to P40,000 and allowances for X-ray and other laboratory examinations from P1,600 to P30,000 per single period of confinement; use of operating room complex and even professional fees of attending physicians.