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To save on costs, Tarlac mayor distributes ‘prepaid’ PhilHealth cards

Aug 20, 2015 @ 3:48

Concepcion, Tarlac mayor Andy Lacson has devised a way to save government expenses on healthcare programs: prepaid PhilHealth cards.

Lacson, in an article in Punto! Central Luzon, said he has already obtained permission from PhilHealth management to implement the new scheme in the town.

The mayor noted that for every 10 people who are given PhilHealth cards by government agencies or local government units, only three actually use it.

“So we end up paying for seven PhilHealth cards that serve no one,” Lacson pointed out.

He said the municipal government will buy an initial batch of 1,000 PhilHealth cards per quarter at the cost of P1,400 each. The cards, however, are turned over only to constituents who are in immediate need of health aid.

“We buy membership cards from PhilHealth and give out the cards to our constituents in immediate need of health assistance,” Lacson said.

“After their first use of the card, they could continue to use it until its expiration when they have the option to continue its payment on their own,” he added.

Lacson stressed the scheme would not only save on unnecessary expenses since the cards would surely be used by its recipient, but would also prevent fraud.

He cited reports that PhilHealth members are being encouraged by some unscrupulous doctors to undergo unnecessary medical procedures to enable the doctors to charge the costs to PhilHealth.

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