PhilHealth and the RH Bill

If PhilHealth is already rife with problems, even now, how do you think implementation of the RH bill, if it is passed, would go without a hitch?

The president of a group of more than 900 private hospitals on Wednesday said his group would no longer honor cards from Philippine Health Insurance Corp. if the state-owned company would not pay more than P2 billion it owed its members.

Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said the government’s plan to phase out charity wards in public hospitals and enroll “the poorest of the poor” instead under PhilHealth was unsustainable given the state insurance company’s huge debt to its member hospitals.

SEC. 7. Access to Family Planning. – All accredited health facilities shall
provide a full range of modern family planning methods, except in specialty hospitals
which may render such services on optional basis. For poor patients, such services
shall be fully covered by PhilHealth Insurance and/or government financial assistance
on a no balance billing.

After the use of any PhilHealth benefit involving childbirth and all other
pregnancy-related services, if the beneficiary wishes to space or prevent her next
pregnancy, PhilHealth shall pay for the full cost of family planning.

SEC. 14. Benefits for Serious and Life-Threatening Reproductive Health
– All serious and life threatening reproductive health conditions such as
HIV and AIDS, breast and reproductive tract cancers, obstetric complications,
menopausal and post-menopausal related conditions shall be given the maximum
benefits as provided by PhilHealth programs.

SEC. 22. Pro Bono Services for Indigent Women. – Private and non-
government reproductive health care service providers, including but not limited to
gynecologists and obstetricians, are mandated to provide at least forty-eight (48) hours
annually of reproductive health services ranging from providing information and
education, to rendering medical services free of charge to indigent and low income
patients, especially to pregnant adolescents. The forty-eight (48) hours annual pro bono
services shall be included as prerequisite in the accreditation under the PhilHealth.

The RH Bill will supposedly help the poorest of the poor, but if RH proponents are counting on PhilHealth to do their job, we need to ask why they think PhilHealth would be in a position to do that. PhilHealth can’t even deliver on its promises now. How do we expect them to handle even greater commitments to the “health” of our people?

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