PhilHealth provides anti-pneumonia vaccine package for its lifetime membersWednesday, June 06, 2012 12:00 AM Views : 9015Carlito C. Dar
BAGUIO CITY, June 6 (PIA) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth has just rolled out an anti-pneumonia vaccine package dubbed "60+ na Ako at Ok sang Bakuna Ko Laban sa Pulmonya" for their lifetime members.
PhilHealth Regional Office – Cordillera (PhRO-CAR) information officer Maggie De Rosario, in an interview, said this new health package launched May 15, is a public-private partnership between PhilHealth and global healthcare company Merck, Sharpe and Dohme (MSD).
This aims to provide pneumococcal vaccine to PhilHealth lifetime members at a discounted price of P600, which is approximately 60 percent off from its regular market price.
According to Del Rosario, the partnership between PhilHealth and MSD will help bring pneumococcal vaccine to more people who can benefit from it, because despite being vaccine-preventable, pneumonia remains to be one of the top causes of morbidity and mortality in the country especially for older people.
She also stressed that the partnership is supported by public information campaign to educate people about the disease and the value of prevention through vaccination as well as to encourage continuous premium payments to reach lifetime membership and thus be able to avail of their benefits.
PhilHealth Lifetime members are those of retirement age (65 for government/private employee and 56 for uniformed personnel) and have completed or accumulated 120 contributions to PhilHealth and Medicare. Once a qualified and registered lifetime member, a person does not need to pay monthly premiums anymore and he is entitled to all PhilHealth benefits for life.
Del Rosario bared that as of April 30, 2012, there are 13,879 Lifetime members in Cordillera that can benefit from the program.
To avail of the discounted vaccine rate, PhilHealth Lifetime members will have to bring their membership card to PhilHealth-accredited hospitals designated as Vaccine Access Points (VAPs). In the case of Cordillera, these are the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko Mt. Province as well as Conner District Hospital and Far North General Hospital and Training Center in Apayao.