PhilHealth benefit payments expected to exceed P62B for 2013-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) anticipates total benefit payments of at least P62.98 billion this year or some 34 percent increase from previous year's P47 billion.
"The Corporation releases some P1.2 billion per week for benefit payments" said PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander A. Padilla adding that "for the period January-June of this year alone, PhilHealth already reimbursed a total of P26 billion, which is already 30 percent higher from the P20 billion disbursed during the same period in 2012."
The increase is attributed to the continuing enhancement of PhilHealth benefits which substantially cover hospital expenses of members and their dependents.
These benefits also ensure totality of care and attainment of better health outcomes especially on its low risk and end-stage renal package worth P600,000, P210,000 for childhood leukemia, and P100,000 each for early stage breast cancer and low to intermediate risk prostate cancer.
PhilHealth also introduced catastrophic packages for Coronary Artery Bypass at P550,000, Surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot for P320,000, Surgery for Ventricular Septal defect for P250,000, Cervical Cancer chemoradiation with cobalt and brachytherapy (low dose) and cervical cancer with linear accelerator and brachytherapy (high dose) for P120,000, and P175,000 respectively.
Improved subsidies to various medical cases and expanded coverage also pushed benefit payments upward.
This also means that more and more beneficiaries are availing themselves of the benefits at the time they need them most.
The continuing expansion of service facilities also contributed in the increase in benefit payments.
Nine out of ten Department of Health licensed hospitals are now PhilHealth accredited for a total of 1,622 health care providers nationwide, while over 24,414 health care professionals have also been accredited across the nation.
“We will continue to enhance our benefit package to be more relevant to the millions of members not only here but also abroad” Padilla stated. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 11, 2013.