Low turnout of indigents noted during Davao PhilHealth day

Subscribe Now October 05, 2010 at 02:13pm

Only 172 indigents were given Philhealth cards in the recently concluded Philhealth Sabado day held across the 13 registration centers in Davao Region. Philhealth representative Filbert Bryan Sollesta sees various factors that resulted to the low turn-out of indigents claiming their cards during the nationwide Philhealth event. One factor cited is the lack of transportation allowance given to identified indigents by the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD). Most of the indigents live in far-flung areas, away from the established center in every province.

"It could also be because of bad weather that very few of our indigents were able to attend the nationwide registration day," Sollesta said.

Nevertheless, he clarified that the 46,000 targeted indigents for Davao Region would still be followed and all the remaining indigents who didn't make it last Saturday can still claim their Philhealth cards anytime this month.

It was also announced that the Department of Health will then manage and handle the distribution of the remaining Philhealth cards to the identified indigents.

The Philhealth Sabado only served as a ceremonial event that marks the launching of this project.

Also during the Philhealth Sabado, around 4,000 registrants flocked to the identified centers to join the free seminar and enlist themselves as new applicants for Philhealth.

Universal health care is the administration centerpiece of President Benigno Aquino III. PNoy ensured the Filipinos in his first State of the Nation Address that plan for improving Philheath can now be within reach.

The President hopes to raise an estimated P9 billion annually to provide health care coverage for 5 million poor Filipinos. The DSWD identified 4.1 million Filipinos as "true indigents" who desperately need access to quality healthcare.

Source: pia.gov.ph



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