PhilHealth, LGUs launch free checkup program

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


LOCAL government units (LGUs) across the country and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) are set to make available regular free medical consultations to poor families in a program set to be launched Monday in Quezon City.

PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander Padilla said that they are set to launch the Alaga Ka para sa Maayos na Buhay (Alaga Ka) advocacy campaign, particularly the Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya (TSeKaP) program for the 14.7 million indigent families.

“This move is a clear manifestation of the Government’s continuous caring for the less privileged, by making primary health care effectively reach the poor,” said Padilla.

The program will be formally launched Monday in all 17 regions with the lead event taking place at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City for the National Capital Region (NCR).

Under the program, beneficiaries shall be provided consultations with a primary care doctor, and entitles them to a package of preventive and promotive services designed to keep them healthy, and to detect as well any illnesses early on.

Services include regular blood pressure monitoring; counseling on breastfeeding, smoking cessation and lifestyle modification; screening services to detect breast and cervical cancers; and digital rectal exam.

Also, upon the recommendation of the physician, diagnostic tests such as complete blood count, urinalysis, fecalysis, sputum microscopy, fasting blood sugar, Lipid profile, and chest X-ray are also provided.

Meanwhile, medicines for asthma (with nebulisation services), acute gastroenteritis with no or mild dehydration; minimal and low risk pneumonia, and urinary tract infection will also be made available.

"Through TSeKaP, poor families will be more empowered to see a doctor and demand medical attention even without an illness," said Padilla. (HDT/Sunnex)

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