(Metro News) Valenzuela expands social health insurance program

February 17, 2011 12:28 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 17 — The Valenzuela City government has expanded its social health insurance program for constituents by increasing its sponsored PhilHealth beneficiaries to 11,334 for 2011 or additional 3,000 compared to the previous year.

The expanded PhilHealth program will have an allotted budget of P6,800,400.

PhilHealth Program Director and Special Projects Office (SPO) head Dorothy Evangelista said this represents the City's thrust to continuously provide indigents with greater access to health care assistance in times of hospitalization.

Evangelista said the number of beneficiaries will still increase within the year as more applicants in the city are being processed and forwarded to their office by the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth).

Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian started to personally hand over beneficiaries their PhilHealth cards since January 29.

His regular weekend visits to the city's 32 barangays also allow him to discuss the importance of proper nutrition, sanitation and other health-related issues.

Cardholders and their qualified dependents, which include the spouse, children below 21 years old who are not married and jobless, and the parents of the beneficiary who are 60 years old and above would be entitled to subsidies in both out-patient and in-patient healthcare needs.

Health benefits include room and board, services of health care professionals, diagnostic, laboratory, and other medical examination services, use of surgical or medical equipment and facilities, prescription drugs and biological, personal preventive services, health education packages, emergency and transfer services, ambulatory/day surgeries, dialysis and cancer treatment like chemotherapy and radiotherapy, eye cataract extraction, coverage until the fourth normal delivery, Newborn Care package and TB treatment. (PNA)

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