Pampanga Gov Pineda to include TB patients in no-balance billing policy
Pampanga tuberculosis patients can literally breathe with a sigh of relief after Governor Lilia Pineda vowed to include them in the no-balance billing policy being implemented in all government hospitals in province.
The lady politiko made this announcement during the assembly of more than 700 TB patients from Lubao, Floridablanca, Guagua, Sasmuan, Sta. Rita and Porac held on Friday, January 27 at the Lubao Gymnasium
Pineda said TB patients, in a Philippine News Agency report January 27, should not be afraid to go to hospitals as no single centavo shall be spent for their hospitalization.
She also reminded the patients to religiously take their medicines for six months and to undergo regular check ups.
Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Region-3 vice president Walter Bacareza, for his part, lauded the provincial government’s health programs and expressed support to the plan.
“We have sufficient funds to pay the treatment for TB,” Bacareza said.
He added that TB patients can avail the Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) benefit package worth P4,000 in PhilHealth accredited TB-DOTS centers that offer free consultation, diagnostic exams, health counseling and medicines.
Bacareza emphasized that the benefits are available to all PhilHealth members and their qualified dependents that have tuberculosis and in need of medication.
In can be noted that Pampanga has reached 93 percent tuberculosis treatment success rate last year.
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