DAGUPAN CITY — About 94 percent of the people of Region 1 are now insured with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) under its universal coverage program seeking to make health care available to all Filipinos.

This was bared by Rodolfo del Rosario Jr., PhilHealth Region 1 regional director, in a press conference during the 21st PhilHealth Anniversary on the theme: “Mas Matatag na Kaseguruhan sa Kalusugan”.

He said the six percent not yet covered are taken care of by the Point of Care Program wherein the indigents who sought medical care from health facilities will be enrolled by them automatically to PhilHealth for them to enjoy the benefit of free hospitalization and medicine.

Under the No Billing Policy (NBP), indigents or sponsored members and kasambahay (housemaids) need not pay anything if they are confined in a government health facility, he said.

At the same time, he said PhilHealth covers not only the usual ailments but also kidney transplantation for end-stage renal disease, coronary artery bypass graft, breast cancer, prostate cancer and external lower limb prosthesis as well as selected orthopedic implants, all under PhilHealth’s Z Package.

He said Lorma Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union is PhilHealth facility contract partner in Region 1 for kidney transplantation.

Under the contract, Lorma will perform kidney transplant to a member of PhilHealth with the latter bankrolling the P550,000 cost of the medical procedure. PNA/