Zambo City earmarks P1.2M for 10T new PhilHealth enrollees

September 29, 2009 9:52 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 30 — The local government has allocated at least P1.2 million in this city’s supplemental budget to partially subsidize the health insurance of two organized groups in this southern port city.

The two groups, that have total of 10,000 members, are the Micro Entrepreneur Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MEMPCO) and the People’s Micro-Finance Cooperative (PMFC).

The number of new enrollees is in addition to the city government’s expanded PhilHealth program, which is targeted to enroll a total 14, 000 by the end of this year.

Mayor Celso Lobregat will distribute Wednesday the health insurance cards to the 10,000 members of MEMPCO and the PMFC in coordination with PhilHealth officials at this city’s coliseum.

PhilHealth social insurance chief Venus Giron said the P1.2 million allocation will partially subsidize the insurance coverage of the 10,000 members of the two cooperatives based on an agreement entered into by the city government and the two organized groups.

The health insurance benefits will ensure the card holders and members of their families, discounts in hospitalization expenses that include medicines, doctor’s fee, laboratory examinations and other incidental expenses.

PhilHealth Vice-President for Western Mindanao Romeo Alberto said the enrollment of the members of the two cooperatives under the sponsorship of the local government makes Zamboanga City as the first ever city in the region to achieve universal health insurance coverage.

Last Monday, Lobregat distributed almost 4,000 new PhilHealth cards to indigent residents coming from the city’s 98 barangays.

Last Sept. 25, Lobregat also distributed 1,952 beneficiaries, of whom 1,500 came from the urban poor sector; 253 were persons with disabilities; 35 were deportees from Malaysia; 42 were barangay nutrition scholars; 89 are day care workers (renewal); 10 were retired barangay health workers (renewal) and 23 child care workers.

The 14,000 targeted enrollees for 2009 are fully subsidized by the city and their membership will be valid for one year.

Lobregat said the city government has expanded its health insurance enrollees because of sound fiscal management. (PNA)

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