Defensor renews support to PhilHealth 


ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. reaffirmed his commitment to support the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in attaining its mission for its members – the universal healthcare.

Philhealth covered 67 percent (681,730) of the province’s 2.3-million population since 2012. Of which, 10,684 households were sponsored by the provincial government and the rest were shouldered by the local government units (122,934 households) and national government (166,6588 households).

“I will see to it that the provincial government will help you because health is always been our priority,” Defensor assured the members during the launching of PhilHealth’s Alaga Ka Program in Mina town on Monday.

The governor, who was the first mayor of Mina, was also delighted that PhilHealth chooses his hometown as host to the program’s regional grand launching.

On his part, Mina Mayor Rey Grabato explained that PhilHealth previously rewarded the town as the most outstanding local government unit in the region in terms of the delivery of basic health services.

“As you all know, we invested too much in our health center. We made it as our economic enterprise by providing equipment for laboratory examination,” Grabato said.

This initiative cost the town free membership to PhilHealth, he added. Now, the town has 6,200 indigent households with PhilHealth insurance.

Meanwhile, Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag told the members to maximize the use of their PhilHealth benefits.

“It is important for the members to understand what PhilHealth is all about, what are its services, and how could they avail it,” he stressed.

The members should also make sure that their names and the names of their dependents were correctly encoded in their member data records.

“Ang iba kasi di na pumupunta ng hospital sa akalang hindi na sila member ng PhilHealth. Noong vinalidate, natuklasan na mali lang pala ang spelling ng pangalan,” he said.

PhilHealth’s Alaga Ka Program aims to ensure that indigent members are empowered of their rights and responsibilities as members, especially when they are to avail the basic health services thru TSeKAP.

TSeKAP or Tamang Serbisyong Kalusugang Pampamilya entitles members to avail services like consultations, regular blood pressure monitoring, counselling on breastfeeding, smoking cessation and lifestyle modification, screening services to detect breast and cervical cancers and digital rectal examination.

Upon recommendation of a physician, members can also avail diagnostic tests like complete blood count, urinalysis, fecalysis, sputum microscopy, fasting blood sugar, lipid profile and chest x-ray for free. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)

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