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NOCHP covers 417,425
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The number of enrollees of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program, that was implemented by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and the six Negros Occidental solons in 2010, has reached 83,485, and has about 417,425 beneficiaries.

NOCHP records show that the 3rd district has the most number of enrollees with 25,847 indigent families, followed by the 6th district with 22,441, second district with 20,847, fifth district -6,844, fourth district – 5,575 and 2,017 in the first district.

The third district posted the highest availment of health services in the government hospitals, with having the most number of NOCHP enrollees,its records show.

Maranon said the advantage of the card recipients, chosen from the poorest of the poor, is that when they enter government hospitals, they will not have to pay anything for their hospitalization.

Since it was launched in Sept. 18, 2010, the NOCHP has been availed of 13,370 treated in 10 provincial government-managed health institutions, with P38,048,717 in hospital bills.

Of the amount, P7,111,551.53 was paid by NOCHP, while PhilHealth and Department of Social Welfare and Development paid the bulk of hospital expenses.

The Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City has the most number of NOCHP patients with 4,683, followed by Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, Cadiz District Hospital with 2,360, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Regional Hospital in Bacolod City – 843, Vicente Gustilo District Hospital in Escalante City – 737, Victorias Ika-ayong Lawas Foundation Inc. – 305, Don Salvador Benedicto Hospital in La Carlota City -273, Valladolid District Hospital – 59, Eleuterio T Decena Memorial Hospital in Hinobaan- 33 and eight at the Ignacio L Arroyo Memorial District Hospital in Isabela.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez also tapped the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in his plan to conduct an intensive validation of baseline data on families in poverty level in the third district for social services programs, to align it with the implementation of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program.

Health services is one of the priority programs of the province as noted in the Negros First Development Agenda of the administration of Gov. Marañon and Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez, Jr., with about 40 percent of the province’s budget allocated for health.*GPB

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