NegOcc gov highlights gains of health programs, successful local medical insurance

July 16, 2015 5:12 am 

BACOLOD CITY, July 15 -– Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. here highlighted the gains of the province’s health programs and cited the success of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP) during the roadshow of the Department of Health’s Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (Universal Health Care) High-Impact Five Breakthrough Program in La Carlota City gym Wednesday.

The NOCHP has already enrolled 143,873 families or 719,185 individuals, mostly belonging to the poorest of the poor, in support of the national government’s Universal Health Care Program and efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals.

Marañon said the provincial government has put a very high premium on health care services delivery under the Negros First Development Agenda.

“We have allocated 38 percent of our annual budget for the health sector, particularly in the operations of our 11 district hospitals, acquisition of modern equipment, building of new facilities, hiring of additional personnel and their trainings,” the governor said in his keynote message.

He added: “We are focused on the delivery of a wide range of health services that are accessible, efficient and appropriately-used because we always believe that health is wealth.”

Under the NOCHP, indigent Negrenses, whose family heads are already enrolled under Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), are issued health cards for a more comprehensive hospitalization coverage, leaving them zero-balance billing once they are discharged from health facilities owned by government.

Of the total NOCHP enrollees since the program started in September 2010, 115,146 indigents have availed of hospital services. Some 95,639 or 83 percent were out-patients, while 19,507 or 17 percent were in-patients.

The total cost incurred by the 115,146 poor patients amounted to P237.6 million but only P55 million or 23 percent was paid for by the provincial coffers, while the PhilHealth shouldered 63 percent of the total cost, with the balance of 14 percent covered by discounts. (PNA)

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