1,366 Ilocos farmers receive 1-year coverage of sponsored Philhealth care packages

VIGAN CITY, July 7 (PIA) — A total of 1,366 tobacco farmers from La Union, Ilocos Sur and Abra received a one-year coverage of Philhealth Care packages sponsored by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation in a ceremony held at the Farmer’s Center of Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) in Barangay Sidaoen, Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur last Thursday.

Philhealth Region 1 Information Office Irene P. Martinez said the distribution ceremony of the Philhealth cards to the tobacco farmers was one of the highlights of the annual “Farmer’s Day” celebration in Ilocos region, held every July 5.

“The employees of Philhealth from our regional office and the provincial office in Ilocos Sur assisted the staff of the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, a foundation of Lucio Tan group of companies, in the distribution of the Philhealth ID Card,” she said.

“The provision of the Philhealth care benefits for the tobacco farmers was realized through a public-private partnership program initiated by the present administration, which aims to provide health care access for the indigent farmers,” she added.

According to Martinez, the farmer-recipients of the sponsored Philhealth Care program from the Tan Yan Kee Foundation will enjoy the health care benefits starting July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2013.

She added that recipients of the sponsored Philhealth care programs and their qualified dependents will enjoy inpatient coverage, outpatient coverage and special health benefits packages.

For the inpatient coverage of the sponsored health care programs, the PhilHealth will provide subsidy for room and board, drugs and medicines, laboratories, operating room and professional fees for confinements of not less than 24 hours.

For the outpatient coverage, the Philhealth will provide subsidy for day surgeries, dialysis and cancer treatment procedures such as chemotheraphy and radiotheraphy in accredited hospitals and free-standing clinics.

Under the special benefit packages, Philhealth will give assistance to the following: TB treatment through DOTS, SARS and Avian Inflluenza Package and Influenza A (H1N1) Package.

Martinez added the recipients of the sponsored health care program will receive free hospitalization in Philhealth accredited government hospitals and accredited non- facilities hospital facilities with the following medical conditions and surgical procedures such as dengue fever from grades 1,2,3 and 4; pneumonia; cerebral infarction; cerebro-vascular accident with hemorrhage; essential hypertension; acute gastroenteritis; asthma; typhoid fever; newborn care package; outpatient radiotherapy; outpatient hemodialysis; maternity care package; ceasarean section; appendectomy; choleccystectomy; dilatation and currettage; thyroidectomy; mastectomy; hysterectomy; herniorrhaphy and cataract surgery.

The sponsored health care beneficiaries will also received free medical services in the rural health centers such as medical consultations; and diagnostic and laboratory medical examinations.

Martinez said these health care packages are intended only for the recipients of the sponsored health care program. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

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