IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, – The province-owned hospital has registered a total of 8,847 Point of Care (POC) enrolees since the provincial government stepped up the implementation of the Philhealth Access to Liberalized Medical Assistance (PALMA) for the poorest of the poor families in this province.
“We (the provincial government) have already helped many patients and they (patients) have no obligation to the hospital even a single centavo coming from their own pocket,” Filma Compra, POC and medical health cash assistance program in-charge, said citing data since 2014 when the implementation of the POC started.
Compra told the Philippines News Agency that Gov. Wilter Palma has increased the yearly funding allocation of POC in collaboration with PALMA.
Compra said this year’s budget for the POC program is PHP6 million. The funding allocation was PHP1 million when the program started in 2014.
PALMA is considered as the corner stone of health care program of the administration of Gov. Palma in his support to the POC program.
“It is very important to give access to the indigent constituents for medical attention and assistance to any of the medical facilities of the provincial government,” Palma said.
Palma said the POC enrolment program is aimed to provide non-Philhealth member a full health package benefits during the time of confinement at the government-owned hospitals.
Palma assured that anyone, especially indigents, can avail of the services of the government health care facilities as long as they meet the minimal requirements.
He said the enrolee of POC will absolutely enjoy the health care benefits from the first day up to the last day of confinement.
He said the province-owned hospital, with the POC enrolment program, can instantly enroll the indigent patients with the PhilHealth from the time of admission by shouldering the PHP2,400 premium annually. (PNA)
FPV/TPGJR/DENNIS C. BAGUIO