ID cards, MDRs are free; report fixers — PhilHealth

Marje Pelayo   •   March 4, 2019   •   2375

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) on Saturday (March 1) warned the public against ‘fixers’ who collect fees for assistance with the application for identification (ID) cards and member data records (MDR).

The state insurance agency said these people use the social media to target current and prospective members to pay a certain amount in exchange for facilitating their application for PhilHealth ID cards and MDRs.

“Such act is considered ‘fixing’ and strictly prohibited under the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007. We reiterate that we do not charge any fees for the printing and issuance of PhilHealth ID cards and MDRs,”
PhilHealth Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ruben John Basa said in the advisory.

The PhilHealth advised applicants “to proceed to the nearest PhilHealth regional office, local health insurance office or PhilHealth Express in their localities, and to transact with the agency’s frontline personnel directly”.

The public is encouraged to report any incidence of ‘fixing’ or similar activities to PhilHealth’s 24/7 Corporate Action Center Hotline numbers 441-7442 or text (0917) 898-7442 or send an email to actioncenter@philhealth.gov.ph. – Marje Pelayo

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House OKs free annual medical checkup for Filipinos on 2nd reading

Marje Pelayo   •   May 25, 2021

 

 

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representative (HOR) approved on second reading a measure that seeks to provide free annual medical checkup for Filipinos.

During the plenary session on Monday (May 24), lawmakers passed on second reading House Bill 9072 or the “Free Annual Medical Checkup Act.”

The bill aims to enhance programs focusing on preventive and curative medicine as well as disease prevention, disability, and death.

Under the bill, all Filipino citizens shall be entitled to the applicable benefits under the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Program by virtue of their membership with the agency.

Likewise, members shall be entitled to a free annual medical checkup that shall include blood sugar and cholesterol tests.

Subject to the availability of PhilHealth funds, the bill also seeks an expanded laboratory and diagnostic testing for Filipinos.

AnaKalusugan party-list Rep. Michael Defensor said primary health care includes preventive care, to which medical checkups fall under.

“This bill aims to secure that each Filipino shall be given the chance to have a free annual medical checkup to promote their right to health and health literacy,” Defensor said.

Also, the bill requires PhilHealth to establish a system that allows access to a free annual medical checkup to promote health, identify risks, and ensure early diagnosis.

Indemnification package for severe COVID-19 side effects to be released this month — PhilHealth

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), on Friday, announced that the indemnification package for individuals who will experience adverse effects following COVID-19 vaccination will be released soon.

During the Laging Handa briefing, PhilHealth Vice President for Corporate Affairs Shirley Domingo said the indemnification package may be released within this month after the PhilHealth Board approved its guidelines.

She, however, said that the funding requirement for this package is still being finalized.

“Iyong inaayos lang po natin ay iyong funding po nito. Kasi under the law, we are supposed to be provided with 500 million pesos, iyong trust specifically for this purpose,” she said.

Republic Act 11525 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 provided P500 million for the COVID-19 National Vaccine Immunity Fund.

The law, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 26, states that the benefits package will cover individuals who experienced serious adverse events following immunization that required hospitalization, and in case of permanent disability or death.

“Ito po iyong kung naturukan sila, na-vaccinate sila for COVID at nagkaroon sila ng serious adverse event ‘no, ibig sabihin may matinding side effect, serious adverse events, or kung ma-hospitalize sila or huwag naman sana pero kung may nabawian ng buhay dahil diyan, lahat po ito ay pasok doon sa benefit na iyon,” Domingo said.

The Philippines has so far administered over 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since the government rolled out its mass immunization in March.

Of this figure, a total of 1,744,649 people have already received their allocated first dose, while 320,586 have been given their second dose.

PhilHealth’s debit-credit payment method now applies to all COVID-19 high, critical risk areas – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has approved the application of Philippine Health Insurance Corp.’s (PhilHealth) debit-credit payment method (DCPM) in areas with high-risk and critical COVID-19 situation nationwide, Malacañang said Friday.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the policy on Thursday, April 22.

Roque said the move was made as high-risk and critical risk areas will also be prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccine allocation, human health resource deployment, and other relevant COVID-19 response measures, as applicable.

Prior to the IATF’s order, PhilHealth, under its Circular 2021-0004, provides for the use of payment method to facilitate the settlement of accounts payable to healthcare facilities during the State of Public Health Emergency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

PhilHealth initially applied DCPM only to areas identified by the IATF, particularly in the National Capital Region, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Rizal.

Roque said the IATF likewise directed the National Task Force (NTF) Task Group Treat, through the One COVID Referral System, to utilize the Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance Using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler for Early Detection of Diseases (FASSSTER) projections on target beds and human resources for health.

“These projections shall identify health capacity needs required to lower health care and intensive care unit (ICU) utilization rates,” he said.

“The NTF shall also review and implement the recommended Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat- Reintegrate strategies to reduce the health utilization rates and augment the needs of human resources for health,” he added.

Roque said that the task group will also identify target additional beds on a weekly basis that will substantially reduce health care and ICU utilization rates, determine and list specific health facilities and infrastructure to contribute these additional beds, and operationalize how these beds become functional with adequate human resources for health and equipment.

The Palace official earlier said that the government is eyeing to add 200 more ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.

“The NTF shall further engage the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to develop training and instructional materials of available COVID-19 response frameworks to enhance the enforcement of COVID-19 strategies at the barangay level,” Roque said.

The said materials shall be cascaded to the barangay, purok, sitio, and zone levels through the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the regional counterparts of the NTF for immediate and intensified implementation through barangay empowerment, he added.

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