The Philippine Health Corp. opened its PhilHealth Express station at Robinson's Place Bacolod yesterday to offer faster services to its members, its executive vice president and chief operating officer, Alexander Padilla, said.
He said the express station accepts premium payments, inquiries, registrations and enrolments of new members, and will be a venue for them to disseminate information on the services they offer.
Padilla said PhilHealth now aims to attain universal health care by making every Filipino a member.
He said they now pay immediate reimbursements and that all sponsored members can avail of the discounts, especially the no-balance billing scheme.
PhilHeath sponsored members are those identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the National Household Targeting System, he said. Local government units also have their lists of sponsored members, he added.
Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, who was at the opening, said he is happy that PhilHealth services are now much closer to the people, more accessible and convenient.
The city had sponsored about 15,000 indigents this year so they can avail of health care services and discounts, he said.
He recalled that, last year, the city spent about P3 to P5 million to pay the premiums of its sponsored indigents.*LTG