Capitol-run hospitals net P13.2-M from POC

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Capitol's provincial and ten other district hospitals earned a net income of P13,212,705.65 out of the P27,049,074.67 P27,049,074.67 gross proceeds from the Point of Care (POC) program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) as of July 3 this year.

The Provincial Government has contributed at least P11,635,200 for the PhilHealth enrollment and membership of 4,848 indigent Kapampangans who were admitted in Pampanga public hospitals.

A report from the Provincial Information Office said that the POC beneficiaries were identified through the assessment of hospital social workers assigned in both the provincial and ten district hospitals in the province.

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The Escolastico Romero District Hospital in Lubao has 1,094 enrollees; Dr. Luciano District Hospital in Magalang, 320; San Luis District Hospital, 232; Mayor Domingo B. Flores District Hospital in Macabebe, 280; Dr. Emigdio Cruz District Hospital in Arayat, 543; Romana Pangan District Hospital in Floridablanca, 547; Rodriguez District Hospital in Bulaon, 322; Rodriguez District Hospital in Bacolor,109; Mabalacat District Hospital, 457; Jose Songco District Hospital in Porac, 391; and Diosdado Macapagal Provincial Hospital, 553.

The report furthered that the POC beneficiaries, upon the assessment of the hospital social workers, had already used the services and medicines of the hospitals free of charge as Capitol paid in full the hospital bills.

This came as PhilHealth formalized its POC enrollment program, which targets non-members belonging to Class C3 or D confined in government hospitals.

The report also said that the POC will also be of benefit to existing members not currently eligible for financial protection due to lack of qualifying contributions or those who are not classified as Class C3 or D.

The qualified patients and their dependents shall be provided with PhilHealth coverage under the POC program.

Their premium contributions shall be borne by the provincial government, provided that they are assessed and certified poor by the medical social worker at the time of admission, the report said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 13, 2014.

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