THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) conducted its first Kapihan for 2016 with its President and Chief Executive Officer, Alexander A. Padilla at the Hotel H2O in Luneta, Manila. Some 47 media practitioners from quad-media organizations attended the activity.
Ruben John A. Basa, Senior Vice President for Health Finance Policy Sector explained the new policies on Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE), Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP). He also clarified that a Quality Assurance Committee composed of personnel from Department of Health (DOH), PhilHealth, representatives from Philippine Hospital Association, Philippine Medical Association and various societies work hand-in-hand in the area of benefits development.
PhilHealth Chief Information Officer Jovita Aragona and IT consultant, Lito Abando discussed the importance of the PhilHealth Dashboard in keeping track of the progress of the National Health Insurance Program. Aragona said that this kind of innovation is being done to improve and optimize the decision-making process, especially where policy development is concerned. Abando, on the other hand, stressed that the Dashboard can provide real-time data on accreditation, benefits payment, claims, contributions, and membership to those who collaborate with PhilHealth Offices nationwide. Even the Regional Offices can view the data posted in the Dashboard for better appreciation.
Padilla also took the opportunity to clarify the issue on PhilHealth’s fund stability. He emphasized that PhilHealth funds remain robust and that there is no need to worry. He even cited the increase in PhilHealth’s benefit payments from 2012 amounting to P45 billion which doubled in 2015 at P97 billion. “Sa pagtaas ng aming benefit payments, mas lalong tumataas ang aming kumpiyansang mapabuti pa ang serbisyong aming maibibigay dahil alam namin na mas alam na ng aming mga miyembro ang mga benepisyong dapat natatanggap sa PhilHealth,” Padilla said. He also encouraged the media to clarify with him anything that they think is doubtful since the corporation is always open to media.
Some of the questions raised by the media representatives pertain to the PhilHealth Dashboard’s security measures, reimbursement of professional fees of attending physicians working in accredited government institutions, how to avail of the PVC-type ID card for Informal Sector, extension of length of confinement for AGE, UTI and CAP, and some specific issues on claims.
Dr. Israel Francis A. Pargas, OIC Vice President for Corporate Affairs Group shared with the media that children with disability, especially those who have assistive devices, will soon be covered by PhilHealth. “As soon as the circular is ready, we will announce it to the public. But then we have Z benefit package for lower limb prosthesis and orthopaedic implants that they can file claims for,” he added.
As a regular activity of PhilHealth’s Corporate Communication Department, the Kapihan with the PCEO aims to bring the media partners "up close and personal"with Padilla and keep them up-to-date on the latest developments on PhilHealth’s programs and services. (END) (Dianna Marie S. Chua)