My Google Page Rank

Aquino pushes expanded national health insurance program


President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Saturday that “the path towards universal health care does not start nor end with this event. Instead, our initiative today serves as an impetus to propel the health sector in achieving its goal of providing equitable and sustainable healthcare for every Filipino.”

Speaking at the Philhealth Sabado one-day registration for new members at the President Cory Aquino High School in Baseco Compound, Port Area, the President said his administration is committed to providing universal health care and expanding the access of the poor to healthcare benefits and cheaper medicines.

“Our movement for change depends on our ability to empower the vulnerable, and there is no better way of becoming part of this transformative agenda than to embrace our communal responsibility and safeguard the well-being of our people,” he said.

The President was joined at the Philhealth Sabado event by Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Philhealth President/CEO Jesus Reynaldo Aquino and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

The President said confusing figures about the actual non-insured indigent population -- some saying 53 percent, some 80 percent and others at 30 percent -- prompted the Philhealth to come up with the one-day registration program called Philhealth Sabado of Oct. 2, 2010 to “make people aware of the benefits that await them for registering in the national insurance health program and who are qualified to such benefits.”

He lauded the Philhealth for coming up with a technical working group that will craft a program that gives a very concrete picture of the health insurance program and the population segment that still has to be covered.

“The listing of new members is just a small step to expanding the health insurance in the country,” the President said.

The President said his administration was committed to providing universal health care as its centerpiece of the health agenda.

“During my State of the Nation Address, I pledged to provide universal health coverage for 5 million poor Filipino families in 3 years, and our quest towards the fulfillment of that commitment starts today,” the President said.

Philhealth Sabado is a joint effort of the Departments of Health, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Local Government Units (LGUs) and various volunteer organizations aimed to promote public awareness of PhilHealth’s importance, responsibilities and benefits, and more importantly, to encourage the enrollment of the poorest of the poor in the country as identified by DSWD through the National Household Targeting System (NHTS).

The President said studies on the benefit delivery rate (BDR) of the National Health Insurance program was lamentably low at 8 percent, which means that for every 50 patients hospitalized only 4 knew of their rights and benefits under the health insurance program, or the accredited hospitals and actually receive reimbursements for their hospitalization and medical bills.

Only 50 percent of Philhealth members who enter private hospitals actually use their Philhealth cards while 24 percent of those who enter public hospitals and health centers do so, which means that even members are not aware of their rights, privileges, benefits and responsibilities under the Philhealth programs, he said.

He said it was not enough to register but the registrants must be involved in the programs of Philhealth to understand completely and avail of the benefits due them, the President said.

The President said he took home US$ 2.7 billion from his first foreign trip to the United States, the bulk of which would fund programs for the poor such as hospitals, cutting the cost of medicines and improving public services.

“With the joint efforts of Philhealth, DSWD, DILG and DEpEd, we will not stop providing benefits for the upliftment of Juan and Juana de la Cruz. With the help of local government units and private volunteer groups, we shall be able to provide Philhealth to 5 million poorest Filipinos,” the Chief Executive said.

After his speech and distributing some ID cards, the President walked to the health center and lingered awhile at the monument of his mother, President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino in the Baseco compound before riding at the front seat of his Toyota SUV. (PNA)

Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment

Security code

WMSU, WMBA host National Training on Bio-Threat Reduction for LGUs

22 Nov 2017 Hits:52 Be the first to comment!

The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), through the Western Mindanao Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (WMBA), and in partnership with the United States Department of Defense- Defense Threat Reduction Agency, successfully conducted the 8th WMBA National Training Conference held on November 16-18, 2017 at the Grand Astoria Hotel, this city. Over a hundred delegates from the academe, including elementary and secondary science and research teachers and students; health sector; defense sector; local government units from different parts of the region; laboratory industries, and the barangay council convened for the training. The conference focused on bio-threat reduction for the local government units (LGU) by integrating biosafety and biosecurity in the curricula via teaching module for the K-12 program, and developing contingency plans and incorporating [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

Fire Chief prepares for fire

22 Nov 2017 Hits:42 Be the first to comment!

In preparation for the coming Yuletide Season, District Fire Marshal, Chief Insp. Clint Cha has called on all fire sub-stations to prepare and ready their various equipment and firetrucks. Cha said [...] Read more

DOH cites importance EO 28

22 Nov 2017 Hits:45 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Health, Regional Office 9 yesterday explained the objective and importance of Executive Order Number 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte on June 27, 2017, providing for the regulation [...] Read more

Wesmincom Chief says ASG strenght significantly dropped

22 Nov 2017 Hits:48 Be the first to comment!

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Western Mindanao Command Chief, yesterday said that the strength of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu, Basilan and Tawi Tawi has significantly decreased. Galvez said this is [...] Read more


22 Nov 2017 Hits:47 Be the first to comment!

Este si Marnelli Candido Berba, su palayao “Nellie”, 33 años de edad, 5’0” el altor, residente de Talon Talon, Ciudad de Zamboanga. Su mayores si Ernesto N. Berba y Maridol [...] Read more

380 aspiring fire officers take qualifying exams

21 Nov 2017 Hits:70 Be the first to comment!

More or less 380 applicants took the qualifying exam conducted by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-IX) at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology, yesterday. District Fire Marshal, [...] Read more

Cops, probers undergo training on drug cases

21 Nov 2017 Hits:63 Be the first to comment!

Members of the local police, investigators and other law enforcement agencies undergo a two-day enhancement training on handling drug cases in a bid to ensure successful implementation of the war [...] Read more

Submarine cable landing stations to speed-up internet connectivity – DOST

21 Nov 2017 Hits:108 Be the first to comment!

The slow internet connection in the country may soon be a thing of the past. This was according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as it welcomed the [...] Read more


20 Nov 2017 Hits:74 Be the first to comment!

Este si Erica Bataclan Martinez, su palayao “Ecang”, 17 años , 5’3” el altor,    Su mayores si Oscar B. Martinez y Lariza A. Bataclan Martinez, su hermano y hermana [...] Read more


19 Nov 2017 Hits:69 Be the first to comment!

Este si VICENTE EDUARDO S. TORRES, ta llama conele “Teng/Pardz/Boboy”, 62 años de edad , casao y su esposa si Esther Facultad Torres Y diila anak si Pompeyo F. Torres [...] Read more

AboitizPower sustains strong foothold in hydropower business

18 Nov 2017 Hits:131 Be the first to comment!

On the back of a strong demand for renewable energy (RE), AboitizPower continues to ramp up its portfolio of generation facilities across the Philippines. AboitizPower's subsidiary, SN AboitizPower, has completed the [...] Read more


18 Nov 2017 Hits:78 Be the first to comment!

Del Nov. 12, 2017 Domingo el Segundo semana de Season long Zamboanga Football league. El primer juego tan feature cun Resto del Mundo contra  Zamboanga United . Ta pricura man [...] Read more

Police shift war on drugs to anti-gun-for-hire drive

17 Nov 2017 Hits:91 Be the first to comment!

Police regional director and vice chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) for Western Mindanao Chief Supt. Billy Beltran announced recently that all police operatives previously assigned in [...] Read more

Military launch rescue ops for latest victims of ASG

17 Nov 2017 Hits:129 Be the first to comment!

Government troops are now conducting operations to rescue the six people, including two children, who have been abducted by about 15 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu, according to [...] Read more

OCENR sets city-wide clean up on Nov 25

17 Nov 2017 Hits:72 Be the first to comment!

The City Government through the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) will head a city-wide clean up drive on November 25. “We are going to have a city-wide [...] Read more


17 Nov 2017 Hits:86 Be the first to comment!

Este si Leo Gandy Serrano, 15 años , Grade 10 na Claret High School Ciudad de Zamboanga . Ya principia juga Muay Thai cuando Grade 5 ele , producto le [...] Read more

Zambopen PWDs endorse Kahil as AVRC III head

16 Nov 2017 Hits:88 Be the first to comment!

The Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Zamboanga Peninsula as represented by their chosen leaders have strongly endorsed Zamboangueno Teddy Kahil as head of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in [...] Read more

City SWM Board meet set today

16 Nov 2017 Hits:86 Be the first to comment!

The City Solid Waste Management Board will meet today, November 16, to prepare for the full implementation of the solid waste management ordinance in the City slated on November 27. According [...] Read more


16 Nov 2017 Hits:73 Be the first to comment!

Venue : Southern west campus Gym, San Jose Gusu. Category 40 and 50 years old Master division. Team Standing:    WIN         LOSS J VINCE            [...] Read more