27,000 marginalized Navotas residents get free health cards

February 14, 2011 12:58 am 

MANILA,Feb. 13 — Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco announced over the weekend that the local government has provided 27,000 marginalized residents of the city with health cards as part of its efforts to provide free but adequate health care to its poor residents.

Called the "Green Card" project, Tiangco stressed that this is the local government's way of ensuring that adequate health care is being extended to the city's poorest residents.

“The Green Card is our answer to the rising cost of personal health care. This project aims to provide the underprivileged and indigent Navoteños medical assistance that includes P5,000 health care subsidy and hospitalization to accredited hospitals,” he stressed.

The card allows indigent or poor Navotenos to obtain free health care from all city operated medical facilities aside from selected private and public hospitals like the Tondo Medical Center, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Metropolitan Hospital at Valenzuela Medical Center.

Tiangco stated that the holders of their "Green Card" reached 27,000 after the Navotas local government distributed another 3,000 early this month.

He added that the Navotas City Health Office and Social Welfare and Development Office were the local agencies responsible for selecting and screening the beneficiaries of the said program.

Tiangco said that the Green Card was initiated by former Navotas Mayor Tobias "Toby" Tiangco in 2005.

Backstopping this project is the Navotas local government's efforts to distribute Philippine Health Insurance Card (PhilHealth) to its marginalized constituents.

Tiangco said holders of PhilHealth Cards are entitled to a P25,000 worth of financial assistance in case of medical emergencies.

"This program (NHP) is the local government's answer to the spiraling cost of medical care which the poor have difficulty getting," the Navotas mayor concluded. (PNA)



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