Bagong benefit package ng Philhealth na tutulong sa mga may malalang karamdaman, pormal na inilunsad sa Malakanyang
UNTV News • July 3, 2012 • 3674
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)
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
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has set its hearing on the alleged anomaly in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) on Thursday (August 8).
In his privilege speech, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed that Php153-Billion of Philhealth’s fund had gone to overpayments and fraud.
Lacson added that he had requested to send invitations to several Philhealth officials who can testify to the alleged anomaly in the state insurance agency.
“Mga regional senior vice presidents kasi [These are regional senior vice presidents because] many of the information that we got came from insiders from Philhealth themselves,” Lacson said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has dismissed the estafa case against the owner and several officials of Wellmed Dialysis Center due to a technicality.
Branch 219 of the Quezon City RTC sided with the motion of Wellmed owner Bryan Sy to dismiss the complex crime of estafa filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
The case was filed by whistleblowers, Liezel Aileen de Leon, Edwin Roberto, and others due to anomalous PhilHealth transactions.
However, the Quezon City RTC said this does not mean the accused are innocent.
“Finally, the court emphasizes that the dismissal of these cases has nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of the accused,” according to Judge Janet Abergos-Samar of the Quezon City RTC Branch 219.
Meanwhile, the lawyer of the two whistleblowers, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement the dismissal “will derail all efforts to cleanse PhilHealth preparatory to the implementation of the Universal Health Care Law, which I authored in the 17th Congress.”
“The whistle blowers remain firm in their conviction to expose the truth and to seek justice for the Filipino people,” he added.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
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