DAGUPAN CITY, Nov 9 (PIA) — More Pangasinenses are enjoying benefits of PhilHealth insurance cards.
The province has distributed anew 931 health insurance cards in the western town of Mabini, while 351 were given to indigent heads of families in Agno town.
“It is a small card yet its benefits are large enough to secure the needs of sick and poor Pangasinenses,” Governor Amado Espino Jr. said during the distribution ceremony.
A rural health clinic was also inaugurated in Infanta town Wednesday.
In Dagupan City, the city government distributed PhilHealth cards to 257 beneficiaries in Bonuan Binloc and 603 recipients in Pantal District on November 7.
Mayor Benjamin Lim promised that if there’s a need to give out more PhilHealth cards as in the case of Pantal District, the government is more than willing to sponsor a total of 1,000 health cards for the heads of indigent families of the said village.
Residents of the barangay cheered the announcement of the local chief executive that the construction of the Maternal and Child Clinic will commence January next year.
“There, all the sick and the needy 13 years old and below, can avail of treatment that is free of charge as part of the city’s comprehensive health program,” Lim said.
City Health Officer Leo Carbonell, focal person of the said events, said beneficiaries were selected based on the criteria given by PhilHealth such as level of income, state of housing condition, inputs from barangay officials, social welfare officers, and health volunteers and nurses who went around their respective villages to evaluate whether recipients fall under lower 20 percent quartile.
The card holders are entitled to the “no balance billing policy,” which means that they will not shell out any money if they seek admission in government hospitals, Carbonell added.
Carbonell told the Philippine Information Agency that the 1,000 PhilHealth cards requested by Brgy. Pantal will be easily realized as there are still 400 cards to be distributed under the 4Ps program of the Department of Health and Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The cards are valid until December 2013.
Carbonell confirmed that almost 11,000 Dagupenos, who are members of the sponsored programs, are enrolled as PhilHealth cardholders, which totals to 55,000.
The city government plans to distribute PhilHealth cards to the rest of the 31 barangays by November 21 this year. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)