more cards to Palo residents
Media Relations Center
June 30, 2011
PALO, Leyte – More
and more indigent families in
Leyte are enjoying hospital privileges through the PhilHealth
cards sponsored by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth)
as it rolls out its second phase on health cards distribution.
distributed PhilHealth cards to residents of Brgys. Cavite West, Buri
and St. Michael to further provide health services primarily to
identified poor populace of the province.
PhilHealth-8 Executive Vice-President Walter Bacareza, these new round
of PhilHealth card distribution is part of the 89,000 target
beneficiaries they have identified for Leyte alone.
For this second round
of health card distribution, Leyte has the highest number of
identified poor families at 89,584.
Bacareza added that
this complements well with the provincial government’s LGU-sponsored
PhilHealth which has now reached to more or less 160,000 families in
the province of Leyte. He likewise lauded the province of Leyte for
initiating the highest number of covered indigent families.
“I know health
services takes up to much in the LGU’s budget but we are glad that for
Leyte, the governor is giving health (services) as its top priority,”
revealed that as part of their effort to ensure a better service to
their clients, they would soon launch a program wherein their agency
would link with all PhilHealth accredited hospitals and rural health
centers in the region.
He said that the
program is set to be launched on July 5 with at least 47
government-run hospitals and 53 rural health units identified as their
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla said that despite being a costly one,
the provincial government of Leyte has decided to renew the thousands
of families PhilHealth coverage considering that these cards has
helped them a lot.
“Without the cards,
still they would come to us for help. It would be better to just
provide them the health coverage and they can directly avail of the
medical services covered by the said card,” Gov. Petilla said.