CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, 4 August (PIA) - PhilHealth announces its newest health care to non PhilHealth members through Point of Care services.
In the radio program Huruhimangraw ha PIA, Wednesday, Laarni del Rosario of PhilHealth Samar shared that the project is financially guaranteed by the General Appropriations Act 2017.
The Point of Service health care allows any non PhilHealth member to be hospitalized in a government hospital, be enrolled as PhilHealth member and enjoy its privileges.
According to a PhilHealth report, the POS is envisioned to replace the Point of Care program as the medium through which PhilHealth grants access to quality health care benefits to Filipinos incapable of paying for their health insurance premiums.
It will also facilitate benefit availment at point-of-service especially for those who do not have the means to pay for health services.
The General Appropriations Act of 2017 allocated the sum of P3 billion to set the POS into motion. Under the program, financially-incapable individuals will be granted PhilHealth coverage once they pass the DOH classification on indigence. PhilHealth shall bill the DBM, on a quarterly basis, the actual cost of the hospitalization chargeable against the appropriated amount.
Del Rosario said that the government is trying to include all citizens in its health care especially those who are old and those who are poor but not included in the Pantawid families list.
The Duterte government is pushing towards a universal health care, summed Del Rosario in her announcement. (ajc/nmq/PIA8-Samar)