by Jamalodin B. Mutto
ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–Through an awareness campaign held to culminate the celebration of National Health Insurance Month, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) enlightened the public on its new primary care benefit package, the Konsultasyong Sulit at Tama (KonSulTa) program, February 27.
The program is in line with the Universal Healthcare Law, which states that all Filipinos are guaranteed equitable access to quality and affordable healthcare goods and services and protected against financial risk.
“Nais nating ipaalam na sa PhilHealth meron ng check up ang bawat Pilipino. Ang direksyon ng PhilHealth ay preventive. Wala na tayong kababayan na papanaw na di man lang nakatungtong sa isang ospital o kaya nakapagpatingin sa doktor,” said PhilHealth-10 Regional Vice President Delio A. Aseron II.
(We want to inform everyone that every Filipino has a check-up at PhilHealth. The direction of PhilHealth is preventive. No one will pass away without going to the hospital or being able to see a doctor)
The said forum gathered 50 hemodialysis patients and 50 motorcycle drivers, who received their PhilHealth IDs.
PhilHealth Iligan head Christine Mae Magno said that over the years, the government has done its best to expand its capacity to provide quality health care to the Filipino people.
Meanwhile, Iligan City Lone District Representative Celso G. Regencia said in a video message that he is pushing for projects that will benefit the people of the city.
With the help of the program, members can avail themselves of free check-ups, laboratory tests, and medicines in many different provider partners of PhilHealth.
Hence, Joshua Daniel Pitogo, a hemodialysis patient, is happy with the program.
“Dako jud siya’g impact sa amoang daily lives kay naminus-minusan among gastos. Dako among kalipay nga libre jud sya. Naa free consultation, maghatag pud sila’g libreng tambal sa amoa ingkaso naa mi balation,” he said.
(This has a big impact on our daily lives because our expenses have been reduced. We are so happy with the free services. There are free consultations and free medicines)
The program also has other activities such as KoSulTa member and employer registration, assistance member portal, and account creation assistance for the public. (JBM/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)