Sorsogon a pilot area for Universal Health Care Law

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By Felix “Boy” Espineda, Jr.

SORSOGON Province – With the controversies hounding PHILHEALTH operations, Governor Francis Joseph Escudero is looking forward and upbeat that the province inclusion as one of the pilot areas for the Universal Health Care law redound to a full beneficial health care benefit for Sorsoganons.

In a press release, the re-enrollment or reenlisting will end October this year which will delete confusing data entry of members regarding to their date of birth, civil status, typographical errors of names, and will delist double entries in Philhealth database. Corrected entries give the beneficiary easy access to the benefits under the UHC law. The process will weed out names who are not categorized as indigent, correct the discrepancies and ensure the integrity of the record at the database.

Correcting the database will deter the inclusions of unqualified individuals and will be in the real number of beneficiaries to avoid the experience of Sorsogon City which has 40,000 beneficiaries more than its population.

Conferring with the province mayors, this move will ensure speedy claims for healthcare qualified beneficiaries and it will incorporate correct personal data. The health workers together with local officials and the social welfare office will assist in the distribution of forms and to personally attend to the beneficiary in filling-up the registration forms in mind for the correctness of entries.

An estimated 200,000 forms will be available and PhilHealth agreed when it met Escudero that public and private schools will help to ensure the migration of the hardcopies to Philhealth which was agreed beforehand thus allowing Sorsogon to access their database. This is also a way to earn an extra for the data encoders.

The town of Casiguran with 25 barangays is already undertaking the relisting. [Bicol Today]

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