10,000 Mexicanos get free Philhealth membership-A A +A
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
MEXICO, Pampanga - At least 10,000 families from this town received on Tuesday their Philhealth membership records under the agency’s new program “Alaga Ka Para Sa Maayos Na Buhay.”
With the a common goal of providing help for the less fortunate, the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Provincial Government of Pampanga headed by Governor Lilia Pineda distributed the records for the use of members.
Alaga Ka is aimed at helping Filipinos benefit from the health services that Philhealth offer for a minimum or zero bill.
The governor told the Mexicanos to just show their Philhealth member data record for them to avail of the free hospitalization from government hospitals in the province and anywhere in the Philippines.
From now on, Pineda said members have no more alibis not to seek medical assistance as Philhealth is ready to pay for their hospitalization in full.
The governor was accompanied by Mayor Roy Manalastas and Philhealth Pampanga branch manager Henry Almanon in four separate venues in this town.
Almanon said this program is a clear manifestation of the government’s continuous caring for the poor by making primary health care effectively reach the indigents through various services of DOH, local government units and PhilHealth through its TSeKaP or Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya.
Philhealth, together with the Provincial Government, has reached 41,356 indigent residents in the City of San Fernando; municipality of Sta Ana, 3,662; San Luis, 6,063; Lubao, 7,000; Bacolor, 3,195; Sta Rita, 2,827; Guagua, 6,343; Sasmuan, 2,666 and Apalit, 10,600.
Governor Pineda also mentioned that non-Philhealth members can avail of its services through Philhealth’s “point of care program”.
Point of care is a health program where poor, non-Philhealth members admitted in government hospitals like in Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial hospital and in 11 district hospitals may also avail the services of Philhealth.
“Iyong mahirap na walang Philhealth na naospital ay kailangang pumunta sa Kapitolyo para mabayaran ang kanyang Philhealth membership na P2,400 para ma-avail niya ang serbisyo at matulungan siya ng Kapitolyo at ng Philhealth,” she said.
The governor said the Provincial Government allotted some P10 million for this program. (Joel P. Mapiles/Pampanga PIO)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 16, 2014.