Lingayen- - - Pangasinan was adjudged the best province in the country besting 56 other provinces and 30 cities nationwide for having the largest universal coverage in PhilHealth sponsorship.
In the recent awarding ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City marking the 15th anniversary of the PhilHealth, Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., was specially cited and given a special acknowledgment as Philhealth officials say that the attainment of Universal Coverage is the most important achievement.
The Governor received the award with utmost pride even as he stressed that the recognition aptly proves that Pangasinan can now be called as the ‘home of the healthiest Filipinos.’
Gov. Espino noted 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 in 2008.
“We have not rested on our laurel after that 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 members are entitled to a wide range of benefits which the Governor said, is a big relief to the marginalized sector of the society who can now easily get access to quality health care services.
Aside from the health insurance, the indigent sector in Pangasinan can also avail of the upgraded services and facilities of all 14 government-owned hospitals which have undergone continuing physical rehabilitation and are now equipped with air-conditioning in all wards, stand-by generating sets, better diagnostic capabilities, re-conditioned and new ambulance units, clean surroundings and courteous and efficient hospital staff. (PIO/Angie D. Villanueva)