Bagong benefit package ng Philhealth na tutulong sa mga may malalang karamdaman, pormal na inilunsad sa Malakanyang

UNTV News   •   July 3, 2012   •   3733

Si President Benigno Aquino III sa paglulunsad ng DOH rotavirus vaccine at PhilHealth “Z” benefit package. (Malacañang Photo Bureau)

 MANILA, Philippines — Pormal na inilunsad sa Palasyo ng Malakanyang ang pinakamalaking health benefit package o ang Case Type ‘Z’ Category Package ng Philippine Health Insurance (Philhealth) na tutulong sa mga may malalang karamdaman.

Naniniwala naman si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III na malaki ang maitutulong nito partikular sa mga kababayan nating mga mahihirap.

“For the first time in the history Philhealth now provides benefits can cover the treatment diseases that causes roughly 100 to 200 thousand pesos.”

Ang mga kwalipikadong miyembro o sponsored member ng Philhealth ay makatatanggap ng  benepisyo na nagkakahalaga ng mahigit P200,000 para sa may sakit na Acute Lymphomatic Leukemia. P100,000 naman para sa mga maysakit na early stage breast cancer at prostate cancer.

Nasa P600,000 naman ang benepisyo na matatanggap ng may end stage renal disease na nangangailangan na ng kidney transplant.

Ayon pa kay Pangulong Aquino, ang bagong benefit package na ito ay bahagi ng universal health care program ng gobyerno.

“Our people should not overcome this illnesses alone, and this idea is the heart of the universal health care program.”

Target rin ng gobyerno na sa susunod na buwan ay maisama na rin sa naturang package ang ilan pang mabibigat na karamdaman. (Ito Ang Balita ni Beth Lamodo / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DOH signs IRR of Universal Health Care Law

Freema Gloria   •   October 10, 2019

Patients receive medical attention inside a hospital in the town of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat province. EPA-EFE/JEOFFREY MAITEM

The Department of Health (DOH) has signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Universal Health Care Law.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III led the signing of the IRR of the UHC law or the Republic Act 11223 which was witnessed by various health sectors.

The said historical event marks the implementation of the UHC law following its publication.

Under the Universal Health Care law, all Filipinos will be automatic members of Philhealth as direct or indirect contributors and will equally benefit from the no balance billing (NBB) once they have been admitted to the hospitals’ basic or ward accommodation.

Secretary Duque stated, the implementation of the said law will be gradual due to budget constraints.

At least P257 billion will be the required fund for its first-year implementation, yet only P167 billion has been approved.

By the year 2020 to 2024, the department will be needing more than P1- trillion fund for the operation of universal health care.

Duque added that the Philhealth premium rates will increase by 0.25% per year from its current 2.75%.

Philhealth, on its part, will consider giving new benefits for those who are paying their contributions which will be different from the beneficiaries of the Universal Health Care Act. — FSG (from the report of Nel Maribojoc)

Viral act of kindness sparks doubts on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

“Kindness is not lost,” ÅcdhiRr Ailnv Diaz wrote on his Facebook post.

His post went viral with 197,000 reactions and 50,000 shares after he shared a story of a man suffering from Leukemia.

In his post, Diaz said he saw a man getting wheeled in by guards inside the train. He noticed that the guy was in pain whenever the train moves.

Another passenger approached the guy.

“In a weak voice he was apologetic thinking he was causing an odd scene, or causing discomfort by his presence,” Diaz said.

Later they found out the guy has stage 3 Leukemia. He was on his way to seek help from a media company to pay for his medical examination.

Passengers from that part of the train began chipping in P100 pesos.

“Before we reached the next station he had enough money for the lab test he needed, plus food and fare. The guys at the back called for a guard for assistance so he could go back to MaDocs [Manila Doctors Hospital],” Diaz recalled.

However, some netizens are claiming the guy was a fake and was only doing it for the money.

According to some netizens, the guy’s Leukemia story was just a fabrication and is only a part of his ‘budol-budol’ scheme. One netizen recalled a similar story.

But according to Diaz, he doesn’t have the capability to further investigate on the matter. He was just sharing what he saw and experienced.

“What I believe I shared was my experience of #Bayanihan, of people coming together to help someone in need. That is all I can say about that,” Diaz said.—AAC

Privatization, case rate payment scheme removal, recommended amid PhilHealth anomaly issue

Maris Federez   •   August 14, 2019

Senator Franklin Drilon at Wednesday’s (August 13) hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee expressed concern on the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s ability to pay its members the necessary claims and benefits in the next ten years.

“I do not know how to sustain these in the next 10 years if you keep on incurring a net operating cost. At the end of the day, you might see a collapsing Philhealth,” Drilon said.

This is after the Commission on Audit (COA) released its report of the state insurance’s yearly net operating loss that has now reached billions of pesos.

To which Philhealth vice president for Data Protection, Nerissa Santiago answered: “Those were the years that we increased the benefits without the increase in premiums.”

Other senators were also alarmed by the alleged anomaly and corruption in the agency, including overpayment and ghost dialysis patients.

With this, former Department of Health (DOH) secretary and now Iloilo representative Janette Garin recommended the abolition of the case rate payment scheme and the privatization of some of the operations of the state insurance.

This, she said, will help eradicate corruption.

“Scrap the case rate case. Push through with the individual membership on smaller premium para mawala po ang [so that we will eliminate] ghost members,” Garin said. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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