PCSO, Philhealth ink landmark pact

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In line with their mission to provide “universal health care for all Filipinos,” a key policy of President Benigno Aquino III, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) inked an agreement that will greatly benefit people in need of financial assistance for medical concerns.

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The signing, which took place during Philhealth’s 20th anniversary last Feb. 12, is part of the agencies’ efforts towards synergy by cooperating with each other in appropriate and significant ways to help the public gain easier, faster, and more convenient access to government services.

The signatories were PCSO Vice-Chairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II and Philhealth President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla.

The agreement between the two agencies is for PCSO to provide a space for an off-site Philhealth office, a “Philhealth Help Desk.”

Philhealth will give trained PCSO personnel read-only access to its Institutional Health Care Provider (IHCP) electronic portal. This will allow the authorized PCSO employees to check if the person applying for financial assistance for medical- and health-related concerns is a Philhealth member or a member’s qualified dependent.

This will greatly facilitate the processing of requests for financial assistance under the PCSO’s flagship Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP), which provides around P16 million a day to qualified beneficiaries nationwide.

The service will soon be available at PCSO’s extension office at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City, where the agency’s Charity Assistance and Medical Services departments are located.

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