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Bulacan gov pushes for every Bulakenyo to have PhilHealth card
By: PPAO
Monday, 27 May 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS— Fresh from getting an overwhelming mandate from his fellow Bulakeños in the recently concluded midterm elections, Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has began to roll up his sleeves and is now busy promoting the advantage of having Philhealth Cards in a bid to boost the delivery of quality health service in the province.

Alvarado also asked local media men and other concerned citizens to help him inform the people on the necessity and benefits of having PhilHealth insurance which could be acquired for P 200 contribution a month.

According to Carmelita Billiones, a resident from Plaridel, Bulacan, PhilHealth is really a big help.

“Na-confine ako sa BMC, ang bill namin umabot ng P17,000 pero wala kaming binayaran, tapos ‘yung mga binili naming gamot sa labas na umabot din ng P7,000 eh na-refund din naming. Kung walang PhilHealth, maghahagilap ka pa ng pera eh ‘di naman birong halaga ‘yon, kaya ‘yung hinuhulog buwan-buwan ng anak ko d’yan, eh kitang kita namang talagang sulit,” said Billiones.

Alvarado said that in the 3 years that he served as governor, he saw the problem of his constituents particularly the poor when it comes to hospitalization problems.

“Nakita natin ang problema at ang Philhealth Cards ang solusyon sa lahat ng problemang kalusugan ng ating mga kababayan. Kung magtatayo tayo ng bahay, kailangang may bubungan at ang Philhealth din ang magsisilbi nating payong bilang proteksyon natin kapag nagkakasakit,” Alvarado said.

He said that most of the indigents seeking his help for their sick kins (hospitalization, medicines) have no Philhealth cards and he is constantly urging them to get one.

“Kailangan din po kasi nating pangalagaan ang ating mga ospital at ang mga medical equipment natin para lalong mapaganda ang pagbibigay natin ng serbisyong pangkalusugan. Sa pamamagitan ng Philhealth Card ay masisiguro na natin mabibigyan ng tulong ng ating gobyerno ang ating kababayang may sakit at mapapaigi pa natin ng husto ang ating paglilingkod,” the governor said.

He cited the cases of people with kidney failure. He said that while government-run hospitals, particularly the Bulacan Medical Center, has dialysis machines, the best option still for that kind of ailment is kidney transplant which cost about half a million pesos.

“Kung may Philhealth card, masasagot nito ang kidney transplant at maaring mabigyan ang card holder ng P600,000 para dito,” Alvarado said.

According to PhilHealth, 2,133,990 or 75 percent of the total population of Bulacan are registered PhilHealth members who currently enjoy its benefits. These include members from different categories such as employed, OFW, sponsored, individually paying and lifetime.
Quality health care is among the 7 point agenda of his administration, Alvarado said. ###

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