By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—Western Visayas is one of the regions with a high percentage of membership in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Janet Monteverde, PhilHealth acting regional vice president, said there is a 95-percent insurance enrollment out of the region’s 7.7 million population.
Four of the region’s six province have an enrollment rate of 100 percent or more – Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Guimaras.
Iloilo has a 95.4-percent enrollment while Negros Occidental has 88.8-percent.
Monteverde said PhilHealth is continuously updating its database in all six provinces for accuracy and cross-off double enrollments.
Meanwhile, acting PhilHealth President Roy Ferrer led the regional launching of the expanded Primary Care Benefit (ePCB) program Thursday.
The ePCB subsidizes diagnostic fees and medicine for those who are diabetic or hypertensive.
Previously, PhilHealth only covered low-risk pneumonia, acute gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection, hypertensive, and asthma.
QualiMed Hospital in Iloilo City and Sebaste Community Hospital in Antique province are the first two healthcare facilities accredited by PhilHealth for the ePCB program.