MORE Laguneños are fortunate to enjoy continuous health insurance coverage from their Local Government Units (LGUs) with the recent signing of memoranda of agreement among the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Victoria and San Pablo City.
Both on their eighth year of participation in the Sponsored Program of PhilHealth, Victoria and San Pablo City have prioritized the enrollment of 333 and 5,021 poor families in their LGUs, respectively. Although uncertain during the initial negotiation due to the increase in premium contribution, the desire to provide health insurance protection to the poor in their areas prevailed over budgetary constraints. Likewise, with PhilHealth’s discounted premium offer for a two-year lock-in period, Mayors Vicente Amante and Raul Gonzales saw the advantage in renewing coverage for their constituents.
To further persuade the LGUs to continue their partnership with PhilHealth, San Pablo Service Office Head Eloisa B. Tagbo provided a general picture of what is in store for these enrolled families as she discussed the updates on the status of PhilHealth accreditation of hospital and non-hospital facilities in the area. She also mentioned the increase in the amount of capitation fund from P300.00 to P500.00 per enrolled family, including the additional benefits intended for the enrolled indigents under the Sponsored Program.
Similarly, to give them an impression of the possible return of investment for the LGU, Tagbo presented the hospital utilization report vis-a-vis the amount of premium paid by the LGU for the enrollment of these poor families and the corresponding capitation fund released by PhilHealth.
Gonzales allotted P300,000.00 budget per year for the implementation of the Sponsored Program in Victoria for 2012 and 2013, while Amante thanked PhilHealth for coming out with a subsidy scheme which prompted the LGU to decide on the lock-in renewal as the LGU could use the savings to fund their other priority programs. He further disclosed his instruction to the Sangguniang Bayan to hold a special session for the immediate passing of the ordinance to fast track the MOA signing.
In his message, PhilHealth Regional Vice President Alberto C. Manduriao thanked the Local Chief Executives for giving utmost priority to the health insurance coverage of their poor and needy constituents. (SMO/ Jeng Lee)
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