Philhealth widens coverage thru Point of Service

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, July 13(PIA) --Point of Service (POS) now replaces the Point of Care program of Philhealth to address gaps in coverage of both financially capable and incapable Filipinos, and registered inactive members and to ensure 100 percent availment rate in covering the poor under the National Health Insurance Program.


Kalinga Philhealth Field Office head Rommel Aranca explained that under Philhealth Circular No. 2018-0008, “ Filipio citizens who will be covered under the provisions, through a Point of Service Program, must be classified as financialy incapable to pay his/her Philhealth membership according to the DOH classification of indigence.”

He said members availing of this program shall be included in the Philhealth membership database for possible inclusion in the list of beneficiaries whose premiums are to be shouldered by the national government as provided in the General Appropriations Act of 2017 and 2018.

Filipino citizens who are financially capable shall be assessed and shal be enrolled based on their financial capability at the Point of Service to be covered as regular contributing Philhealth member. They shall be included in the Philhealth membership database and shall be billed annually,he added.

He urged government hospitals, other health care facilities to come up with the classification and certification of families to be covered and also the cooperation of medical social welfare officers and social welfare and development officers to conduct assessment and identify those qualified under POS. (PIA Kalinga)


EL Kikasa

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