PhilHealth unveils new card

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

PHILHEALTH, the country's national health insurance program, has introduced a new identification card for its members on Monday.

Made of PVC material, the new ID has a magnetic stripe, comes in full color, and displays the member's name, PhilHealth identification number, and birth date.

To increase its membership, especially among the informal sector, the state-led corporation has partnered with at least 20 companies, allowing members to enjoy discounts on medicine purchases, medical treatments, among other products and services.


These discounts are expected to "usher in more member sign-ups into the National Health Insurance Program," PhilHealth president Rey Aquino said in his speech on Monday during the launch of the card.

The agency is eyeing to attract 10 million informal sectors such as taxi and jeepney drivers, farmers, fishermen, self-employed individuals, market vendors, among others, to enroll in PhilHealth.

Prospective members can register at SM outlets and are required to pay P300 per quarter for premium, P50 for the registration card, and a P10 collection fee.

Members who wish to update their fees can do so by visiting SM malls and 1,607 Bayad Center branches nationwide. The transaction costs P50.

“PhilHealth is the most affordable quality health care currently in the country. Financial risk protection, the cloud of protection that envelopes your family if and when health crises occur, comes at a cost of just three pesos and 33 cents per principal member per day. This is even more affordable than a sachet of coffee, a lottery ticket, or two sticks of cigarettes per day, among others,” Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

PhilHealth members can also receive as much as P38,000 in hospitalization benefits for packaged cases and more for some catastrophic illnesses.

Members suffering from Dengue I can get as much as P8,000, Dengue II (P16,000), Pneumonia I (P15,000), Pneumonia II (P32,000), Essential Hypertension (P9,000), Cerebral Infarction (CVA I, P28,000), Cerebro-vascular Accident with Hemorrhage (CVA II, P38,000), Acute Gastroenteritis (P6,000), Asthma (P9,000), Typhoid Fever (P14,000), and Newborn Care Package in Hospitals and Lying-in clinics (P1,750).

Members who need to undergo surgical procedures are also covered by PhilHealth. Those who need to go through Radiotherapy are covered for P3,000 per session, Hemodialysis (P4,000 per session), Maternity Care Package (P8,000) coupled with the Normal Spontaneous Delivery (NSD) Package in Level 1 (P8,000) and Levels 2-4 hospitals (P6,500), Caesarian Section (P19,000), Appendectomy (P24,000), Cholecystectomy (P31,000), Dilatation and Curettage (P11,000), Thyroidectomy (P31,000), Herniorrhaphy (P21,000), Mastectomy (P22,000), Hysterectomy (P30,000) and Cataract Surgery (P16,000).

Besides receiving medical coverage, PhilHealth members can also enjoy product and service discounts.

Those buying cosmetics and personal care products in Watson's get a 10 percent discount. They will also enjoy a similar discount rate on all Compliance Packs and generic medicine.

Similarly, members buying branded medicine at Watson's will get a five percent discount. They will also enjoy a 50 to 60 percent discount on Qualifirst products and P380 flu vaccine privilege.

Members who need to undergo hemodialysis procedure in Fresenius Medical Center are entitled to a P4,000 discount.

Hemodalysis is a method for removing waste products such as creatinine and urea, as well as free water from the blood when the kidneys are in renal failure.

The GlaxoSmithKline can give Flu Vaccine at 80 percent lower than regular prices to members while PQ HealthShield can give 20 percent discount on their vaccines.

The HLO Drug Testing Laboratory Inc. can give 10 percent discount, especially for members who need to renew their driving licenses.

PhilHealth members are also entitled to receive free eye exams at Sarabia Optical. They can also enjoy a 20 percent discount on regular priced items for complete frame and lens orders and a 10 percent discount on complete packages.

In Qualifirst Health, PhilHealth members are given 50 to 60 percent discount on generic medicine.

Rose Pharmacy and South Star Drug can give 15 percent discount for unbranded generic medicine and OTC medicines and a five percent discount for medical supplies and devices. (SDF/Sunnex)

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