PhilHealth mulls more ‘ALAGA KA’ campaigns in far flung areas

SAN JOSE, Antique, March 15 (PIA) — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in Antique is eyeing more “ALAGA KA” (Serbisyong PhilHealth Alamin at Gamitin) campaigns in remote and hard to reach areas to inform the members of their benefits and privileges under the Universal Health Care Program.

Chief Social Health Insurance Officer Junie C. Sabusap during the Media Conference and Briefing with Information Officers recently held in San Jose, Antique said that for this year, they will give priority to the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) including the community of indigenous people for the ALAGA KA campaign.

ALAGA KA is a program of PhilHealth that aims to reach out to all Filipinos and inform them of their benefits, privileges and responsibilities being members of PhilHealth, said Information Officer Liza Joyce Q. Songcayawon.

Meanwhile, Sabusap reported that they have done the ALAGA KA campaign in different municipalities including the island Municipality of Caluya and its barangays which are reachable only by boats.

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With the implementation of the newly approved Universal Health Care program, Sabusap said, they are determined to reach more remote communities and are seeking the support of Information Officers in this aspect.

“Every Filipino shall be granted immediate eligibility and access to preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative care for medical, dental, mental and emergency health services, delivered either as population-based or individual-based health services,” Sabusap said.

During the briefing he also discussed the important information on the Universal Health Care. Under the law, he emphasized two categories of membership the direct and indirect contributors which will cover the members who are into informal economy, formal economy, indigent, sponsored, lifetime and senior citizens.

CSIO Junie C. Sabusap, Anthony Mark Baban – focal person for claims and accreditation and Richard T. Francisco – for membership answered the queries of the media and information officers during the briefing while Information Officer Liza Joyce Q. Songcayawon facilitated the event. (LTP/PhilHealth/PIA-Antique)

Source: PIA Feed