2017: A year of serving more indigents

A total of 31,000 indigent patients from various towns benefited from the sponsored sectors program implemented by the Cebu Provincial Government in 2017.

The program, carried out through the local government units (LGUs), was in line with the patients’ enrollment in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).

Of the 31,000 patients, close to 5,000 were registered in medical facilities under Philhealth’s Point-Of-Care (POC) Program.

In 2016, the Capitol, under the leadership of Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, poured more than P75 million to the program. Nearly P61 million of the P75 million was spent by the LGUs under the sponsored sector program.

Another P10 million was released by to those registered in medical facilities under the POC program, which is implemented nationwide under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Capitol shouldered the P2,400 premium payment of every patient under Philhealth.

“We may have different perspectives and priorities but we are united in achieving one goal: that of providing every Cebuano with a good quality of life,” said Davide.

The POC program requires that each patient undergoes an assessment with a social worker so he/she can become a sponsored member.

The patient will not spend any amount since the Cebu Provincial Government takes care of the Philhealth annual premium contribution.

“First in our list of priority programs is to provide good quality and accessible health care services especially to our indigents brothers and sisters through Philhealth’s Point-Of-Care program,” Davide said.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO) was funded with not less than P700 million for public health services in 2017, according to PHO chief Dr. Rene Catan.

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Catan said the PHO funding aims to address more health issues in the province.

Catan said improvements in the health program went on a full-blast implementation as they hired more physicians since October 2017 which increase the number of general practice doctors to 173 in 2017 from 134 doctors in 2016.

The Capitol also invested in repairing and updating dilapidated medical facilities so these facilities can be effective in delivering premium health services to the public.

“Services at the Carcar Provincial Hospital is at Level 2. It has surgical capacity, OB, CS and trauma. We are just waiting for an anesthesiologist so it can be a full-fledged Level 2 hospital,” said Catan.

Last March 2017, the repair and improvement of the Provincial Hospital in Bogo City, worth close to P18 million, was completed. The toilet facilities of Danao City Provincial Hospital was fully renovated costing close to P1.9 million.

Ventilation improvement was implemented at the Balamban Provincial Hospital worth P607,000. A rehabilitation center was built in the town of Minglanilla.

The hospitals of Danao, Carcar, Bogo and Balamban have facilities and instruments to analyze urine, blood, plasma and serum samples. These equipment include fully automated chemistry, semi-automated chemistry and electrolytes.

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