The Philippine Health Insurance Co. (PhilHealth) gave an initial check worth P26,744,500 to the Cebu Provincial Government as per family payment (PFP) for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2012 to be used on provincial and district hospitals . The amount is based on the total -assigned sponsored members in the Primary Care Benefit (PCB) facilities: provincial and district hospitals.
The PFP is broken down as 40% for medicines, maximum of 40% for hospital equipment and supplies, and 20% for professional fees.
Cebu Province and Philhealth signed a two-year Memorandum of Agreement to benefit the Sponsored Programs-Partial Subsidy Scheme for 2012-2013. Last year, 190,000 Cebu-province residents were expected to avail of the SPPSS, but as of 2013, only 169,065 were identified as PhilHealth members.
Sponsored members can avail of the PCB package in any provincial hospital. PCB aims to increase the number of services for PhilHealth members, expand the utilization rate for services, and boost incentives for PCB providers.
PCB consists of: primary preventive services including consultation, visual inspection, blood-pressure measurements, breastfeeding program education, digital-rectal exam, diagnostic services including CBC, urinalysis, sputum microscopy, FBS and chest x-ray, drugs services including nebulation services for asthma, AGE, URTI (minimal and low risk pneumonia), and UTI. (Lee Dela Cerna)