PHILHEALTH STATEMENT: NHIP Implementation in the Province of Davao
The implementation of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) is well on track in Region XI and continues to flourish to ensure that all residents in the Region are provided with social health insurance coverage.
As of December 31, 2015, total membership count is at 4,499,537 inclusive of qualified dependents of principal members from Compostela Valley, the City of Davao, and the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental. Of this membership figure, 1,420,415 or 32 percent of members come from Davao City, while 957,373 or 21 percent come from Davao del Sur. Some 951,755 are from Davao del Norte, 666,259 are from Compostela Valley, and 503,735 are from Davao Oriental.
In 2015, PhilHealth paid a total of P6.2 billion to Region XI, representing benefits availed of by members in the region. In Davao City alone, total benefit payments for the same year reached P2.8 billion. These payments are for various health insurance benefits such as inpatient, outpatient, and catastrophic benefit packages provided to PhilHealth members and dependents by the 232 accredited health care institutions and 1,454 accredited health care professionals in the region.
In fact, Southern Philippines Medical Center has received an approximate P 1B worth of benefit payments and is considered to be one of the best performing hospitals in the region.
In terms of frontline servicing, our offices in Region XI have been duly commended by the Civil Service Commission for exemplary public service provided to clients in the region. In the recent ARTA Conference, PhilHealth Regional Office XI together with 3 LHIOs under it (Tagum, Davao del Norte, Mati, Davao Oriental & Nabunturan, Compostela Valley) received the excellent frontline units award for demonstrating consistent, genuinely active public service to achieve stakeholder delight in the region.
Region XI, especially Davao City, is definitely experiencing the impact that the NHIP is creating where addressing the health care needs of the Filipino people is concerned. We shall continue to expand and enhance the NHIP until every Filipino has adequate financial risk protection against the increasing cost of medical care, anywhere they may be in the country or overseas.