April 16th, 2012
By JACK C. GADAINGAN
NAVAL, Biliran — A program ensuring availability of medicines and other medical services for the poor in this province was recently launched here.
Program membership, funded through the Priority Development Assistance Fund of the congressional district here, is open to all Biliran residents at least 18 years of age.
Biliran Lone District Congressman Rogelio J. Espina, in coordination with the provincial government, launched the “Karamdaman Mo Sagot Ko Program,” a program that would entitle a E-HEALTH CARD card-holder/beneficiary, and his/her dependents, a financial subsidy or health assistance worth P5,000. The launching was highlighted during the Women’s Congress here last end-March.
Said R5,000 could be used to purchase medicines not available in the Biliran Provincial Hospital (BPH), other government hospitals or in the congressional district office in the province; trans-vaginal, pelvic and abdomen ultrasound; blood transfusion; blood chemistry; x-ray; CT Scan; and complete laboratory examinations.
The program also allocates R1,500 cash assistance for the needs of mothers and infants during normal child delivery at the BPH, birthing stations and municipal health centers. For patients with a serious medical condition, a beneficiary can avail assistance of P5,000 for major surgical operations, and P20,000 for chemotherapy.
Further beneficiary patient for referral to other hospitals is eligible to receive transportation assistance worth P500 – P5,000, the amount depending on transportation mode and distance between the patient’s residence to the hospital.
For beneficiaries who are PhilHealth members or with immediate family members who are covered by PhilHealth, the said program subsidy is applicable only on the remaining balance of the medical/hospitalization expenses covered by PhilHealth. In this regard, the financial assistance shall be made available to the beneficiary for medicine purchase, and payment of laboratory services and ancillary procedures, provided the medicines and laboratory services are not available at the BPH.
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