PhilHealth launches new ID

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011


THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has launched a new identification card that will soon enable members to avail themselves of health and wellness benefits at participating business enterprises.

The new card is being introduced to encourage non-members, especially those who have the means to pay for their premium contributions, to sign up under the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) to meet the goal of providing health coverage to all by 2013.

The new ID card will be available at SM and 1,067 Bayad Center branches all over the country. A minimal fee will be charged for the registration services, cost of the card and one quarter's worth of premium contributions, PhilHealth Monday said.

Members may avail themselves of the cards where the permanent PhilHealth identification number (PIN) is indicated. It has a magnetic strip that will enable participating business enterprises to verify whether or not the cardholder has sufficient premium contributions to PhilHealth before granting the discounts or privileges.

“Operating under the concept of public-private partnership (PPP), we tapped corporate partners from the private sector to give the new ID card more value without requiring cardholders to be hospitalized,” PhilHealth said.

Cardholders may avail themselves of special privileges such as discounts when buying branded or unbranded, generic medicines, vitamins and medical equipment and devices as well as health services like eye exams, drug testing or vaccination at participating merchant stores and branches nationwide.

Aside from SM and Bayad Center, other corporate partners are the All Card Plastics Philippines and e-Soluzione for card production services; Prime IT Source Inc. and 1abx for connectivity especially during onsite registration activities; Globe Telecom and Smart Communications for advocacy efforts; and Unilab for the provision of cards to senior citizen-members of PhilHealth.

GlaxoSmithKline, Qualifirst Health Inc., PQ HealthShield, Watsons Pharmacy, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drugstore, Fresenius/FMS Renal Care Corp., Vivian Sarabia Optical and JNW Drug Testing Inc., meanwhile, will provide member-discounts and incentives.

Both SM and Bayad Center are ready to accept applications for new memberships as well as provide limited member updating services starting this week. (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 13, 2011.

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