446K INDIGENTS IN ILOCOS REGION RENEW PHILHEALTH MEMBERSHIP
DAGUPAN CITY — Some 446,050 indigents in the Ilocos region have renewed their health insurance coverage with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) as of January 21 this year.
Joseph Abuan Manuel, information officer of PhilHealth 1 (Ilocos), said indigent patients enrolled under the National Housing and Targeting System (NHTS), or Listahanan, would enjoy the outpatient benefits from rural health units and in-patient benefits from government and private hospitals accredited by PhilHealth.
“The allocation for the health insurance coverage of the Listahanan beneficiaries will come from sin taxes,” Manuel said during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas Pangasinan chapter forum on Thursday.
Aside from the indigents, he said four babies as 100 millionth Filipinos were also part of the Listahanan, as well as three orphans and minors under Listahanan 2 in the entire region.
Manuel said indigents, who were not included in the Listahanan, could still be enrolled in PhilHealth.
“Through the verification of the medical social worker, an indigent not listed in Listahanan when hospitalized, will be automatically enrolled in PhilHealth’s indigent program via the point of service,” he explained.
Meanwhile, some 72,870 were enrolled in the region under a sponsored program by local government units as of December 2018. (PNA)