THE LOCAL Chief Executives (LCEs) in the region will convene in the first ever Philhealth lecture-summit dubbed as Philhealth “SHInES” or Social Health Insurance Educational Series this coming August 17 at the Amigo Terrace Hotel, the national launching venue.
Since Philhealth sees that the governors and mayors are key players towards attaining universal health care, a challenge posed by President Aquino to provide health insurance coverage to all Filipinos, the Corporation will conduct a nationwide educational campaign to impart knowledge and deeper understanding to its partners of what the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) is all about. LCEs will come together and equip themselves with the right knowledge and understanding of the true meaning of social health insurance.
The event will be graced by no other than Philhealth President & CEO Eduardo P. Banzon who will thoroughly discuss on Social Health Insurance and Social Solidarity, Legacies of Social Health Insurance, Health Inequities in the Philippines, Universal Health Care redefined and Social Health Insurance towards health care.
Meanwhile, Regional Vice-President for Western Visayas, Dennis S. Mas expressed his gratitude to the cooperation extended by the LCEs. He said the enrolment and continuing coverage of the sponsored members by their respective LGUs is a concerted effort by Philhealth and the LCEs.
The Sponsored Program members have been enlisted for a two-year lock-in period with Philhealth which means that members and dependents enjoy an uninterrupted Philhealth coverage until December 2013. RVP Mas stressed that this arrangement for enrolment of the Sponsored Program was arrived at after several consultations with LCEs in various parts of the region. He added that this is a clear manifestation of the common goal of LCEs and Philhealth – to ensure that also the less privileged will adequately receive access to quality health care services.
In Western Visayas, LGUs have committed 548,405 enrolees with 1,354,560 household dependents under the Sponsored Program. Region 6 has the most number of LGUs in the country that committed to enrol their constituents under the NHIP. Out of the 133 LGUs in the region, only 3 are still under negotiation.
This activity will commence from 9am at the 2nd Floor, Function Room of Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City.
Later in the afternoon, Philhealth will launch the new Primary Care Benefit I (PCB I) at the new Iloilo City hall. PCB I package shall cover Sponsored Program members, Organized Groups and Overseas Workers Program members/dependents. Under this new package, Philhealth will provide free (1) Primary preventive services such as consultation, visual inspection, regular BP and body measurement, breastfeeding education, periodic breast and rectal examination, counselling for lifestyle modification and smoking cessation; (2) Diagnostic examination which includes complete blood count, urinalysis, fecalysis, sputum microscopy, fasting blood sugar, lipid profile and chest x-ray; and (3) Drugs and medicines for asthma, acute gastroenteritis, Pneumonia and Urinary Tract Infection. Providers of these services are government facilities such as RHUs, municipal and city health offices and outpatient department of government hospitals.
The PCB I launching is expected to be joined by Iloilo City Officials headed by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and other local officials of other LGUs together with their health officers throughout Region 6. (Public Affairs Unit – PRO 6)