Cebu City, Philhealth sign MOA to enrol 30T indigents

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

THE Cebu City Government will enroll 30,000 urban poor in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth).

Mayor Michael Rama and Philhealth 7 Vice President William Chavez yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement to that effect.

Barangays have already identified 38,045 beneficiaries, but they are subject to verification and validation by City Hall’s Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS).


Cathy Yso, head of DSWS, said only families where the father and mother jointly earn less than P10,000 a month can avail themselves of the program.

No exception

She said the 2,887 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Program (4Ps) from the National Government will also be given priority for Philhealth membership.

Rama assured that all qualified residents can avail themselves of the program, regardless of political affiliation.

“I’ve been very clear that under our administration, we have to serve all. Mas daghan ang serbisyo, minusan ang pulitika (More on public service, less politicking). So I am standing with that as a parameter in our administration,” he said.

He said the City Hospitalization Assistance and Medicines Program (Champ) may now become a standby fund for residents who can’t avail themselves of the Phil-health membership.

Under the Champ program, the City shoulders the first P25,000 of the patient’s hospital bill. Certified residents are also entitled to up to P5,000 worth of medicines.

P100M allocation

In Philhealth, beneficiaries can avail themselves of packages like out-patient consultation, diagnostic services, and maternity care, among others.

The City Government allocated P100 million this year for the Champ program, but it only needs P18 million for the annual dues for Philhealth.

Once a resident is enrolled in Philhealth, the City will only pay P600 annually while the National Government will give P600 as counterpart, in line with the National Health Insurance Act of 1995.

Cebu City Medical Center Chief Dr. Eduardo Sedoripa said the Phil-health program is a good investment, since part of the money will be returned to the City through the Philhealth Capitation Fund.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 12, 2011.

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