Lingayen- - - Governor Amado T. Espino,Jr. has been accorded with a special citation among all the other provinces in the country even as he received the plaque of recognition for the province of Pangasinan awarded by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for achieving Universal Coverage under sponsored program making it the best province in the country and number one in PhilHealth coverage.
In the awarding ceremony held last February 12 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City marking the 15th anniversary of the PhilHealth, Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. received the award with utmost pride as he said that the accolade aptly prove that Pangasinan can now be called as the ‘home of the healthiest Filipinos.’
Gov. Espino said that from the original enrollment level of only 26,000 indigent families in 2007, a big leap has occurred when the province overtook the province of Bukidnon and emerged on top of all provinces.
“We have not rested on our laurel but worked further in 2009 and still remained on top with some 228,552 indigent families enrolled in PhilHealth,” the Governor said as he disclosed that massive distribution of health cards were conducted starting January this year and still continues until the present.
“It is our dream that the poor head of family in Pangasinan will no longer fear for himself, or any member of his family, getting sick, fully confident of getting the best and adequate medical care in our provincial hospitals through PhilHealth insurance,” he added.
PhilHealth also gave recognition to other provinces nationwide for their support but the province of Pangasinan was specially cited for its achievement as the largest insurer of health in the country.
PhilHealth members are entitled to a wide range of benefits including allowances for hospital room and board fees from P300 to P1,000 per day for up to 45 days per year, drugs and medicines and allowances for X-ray and other laboratory exams per single period of confinement, use of operating room complex and even professional fees of attending physicians.
Aside from the health insurance, the marginalized sector in Pangasinan can now avail of the upgraded services and facilities of all 14 government-owned hospitals which have undergone continuing physical rehabilitation. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino/Angie D. Villanueva)