PhilHealth to deploy 530 nurses on May 2

April 28, 2012 1:03 am 

MANILA, April 27 — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will be deploying 530 nurses to serve as Customer Assistance, Relations and Empowerment Staff (CARES) to accredited hospitals in the country starting this May.

PhilHealth president and CEO Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon said these 530 registered nurses would be deployed starting May 2 for Regions 1 to 12, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and on May 4 in the National Capital Region (NCR).

"We are initially sending 530 registered nurses to set up post at selected accredited facilities to provide customer assistance to our members and ensure that they are able to avail of their benefits outright," Banzon said at the Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) Forum on Friday at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bldg. in Quezon City.

Under on-the-job-program, these 530 nurses, out of the 23,000 online applicants, underwent a two-week intensive training on various aspects of the PhilHealth operations. They start to work from May 2 until December 2012.

These nurses will receive a monthly pay of P15,356 inclusive of PhilHealth Insurance amounting to P1,200 and group accident insurance of P150 per year.

They will be at their posts Mondays to Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aside from responding to basic member and stakeholders inquiries, the CARES may also be tapped to administer surveys and studies initiated by PhilHealth.

"They will not, however, collect premium remittances from existing or prospective members at the hospitals," Banzon said, expecting them to assist PhilHealth members regarding their membership, benefits and claims, specifically on the verification of PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN), member data record (MDR), member eligibility and list of Accredited Hospitals. (PNA)

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