Dagupan inks pact with private hospital in implementing ' no billing policy' to indigents

March 10, 2015 4:16 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, March 9 — The local government made another first in history when it signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with a private hospital for the implementarion of the "no billing policy" and the "point of care" program for indigent patients.

The MOA was signed by Mayor Belen Fernandez with Dr. Vivencio Villaflor Jr., director of the Villaflor Doctors Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Lilian Olivar of PhilHealth Region 1, during the mayor's executive meeting with her department heads.

The MOA guarantees that all members of the 4Ps, those identified under the National Housing Targeting System (NHTS) and their dependents, including pregnant mothers, will not have to pay anything if they are confined at Villaflor Hospital, a leading private medical institution in Dagupan.

Dr. Villaflor said this was the first partnership all over the country between a local government unit and a private hospital, which is a big boon to indigent patients.

He thanked the Dagupan government for initiating such project, which was in line with the universal health care program of President Benigno Aquino III.

Under the scheme, the city government bankrolls the health insurance of all the income groups covered by the " no billing policy" and " point of care" program. PhilHealth will pay the hospital.

Dr. Villaflor expressed hope that this model will be emulated by other local government units throughout the country.

Fernandez thanked Villaflor Hospital for its willingness to become a partner in giving health care to indigent patients in Dagupan who do not have money to pay their hospitalization bills. (PNA)

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