The SSS simultaneously opened recently at its branches here and in Naga City, the region’s two prime cities, the facilities called PE (physical examination) Centers which are now providing free services to members coming from any part of the region.
Ma. Teresa Ignacio, the SSS assistant vice-president for Bicol, said here Monday that the PE Centers cum health clinics serve as hubs for SSS medical services that conduct physical examination of members with sickness and disability claims.
The centers also provide free check-ups, consultations and other medical services to SSS employees and their dependents.
Each center is furnished with basic medical equipment and supplies such as medicines for first aid and manned by doctors and medical aides, Ignacio said.
The clinic here is under SSS medical specialist Dr. Rosalind Zantua, who advised members filing for sickness or disability claims to come personally for check-up and evaluation “so we can also help them determine how many days they should file for a claim.”
For those who cannot come for some valid reason, the centers have mobile doctors to visit and conduct the check on them, Zantua said.
She said the clinics were set up in isolated areas within SSS branches to offer members privacy and comfort during their physical examination and interview.
“With the separate clinic in our branch, medical services are now centralized and more private, unlike before when medical examinations are done often within hearing distance of other clients transacting business with the office,” she added.
Ignacio said there are 54 PE centers that simultaneously opened recently in selected SSS branches all over the country, including here and Naga for the Bicol region.
The Legazpi branch clinic would serve members from Albay while the Naga City facility would attend to members from Camarines Sur.
The two provinces have the largest numbers of SSS members compared to the four other provinces of Bicol. (PNA)