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Philhealth, PIA partner to cascade UHC, Konsulta services

QUEZON CITY (PIA)-- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) works hand-in-hand with the Philippine Information Agency in communicating Universal Health Care and Konsulta services nationwide in a press conference held September 8, 2023.

Philhealth Senior Vice President for Health Finance Policy Sector and Corporate Spokesperson Dr. Israel Pargas emphasized during the briefing that Philhealth, under the UHC Law, is mandated to provide health insurance coverage to all Filipinos.

Spokesperson Pargas said that the agency aims as much as possible for beneficiaries and their dependents to have minimal to no expenses due to the UHC implementation inclusive of preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and, palliative care.

The Konsulta program encompasses preventive and promotive measures including selected services, laboratory tests and medications depending on doctors’ prescriptions.

Thirteen laboratory procedures covered by the Konsulta program may be prescribed by doctors including blood platelet count, urinalysis, fecalysis, sputum microscopy, fecal occult blood, pap smear, lipid profile, fasting blood sugar, oral glucose tolerance test, chest x-ray, creatinine and, HBA 1C tests.

Twenty-one prescription medicines covered by Philhealth may also prescribed by doctors ranging from selected anti-microbial, fluid & electrolyte, anti-asthma, anti-pyretic, anti-dyslipidemia, anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive, anti-thrombotic and, anti-histamine drugs.

Philhealth spokesperson Pargas added that as of August 2023, there are around 2,300 accredited Konsulta providers, 300 of which are private clinics.

He said that aside from private health providers, some rural health units and public & private hospitals are also Konsulta-accredited.

“Kami po ang mga nagbabayad nito (services) sa ating mga Konsulta providers. Kung ang mga serbisyo po na ibibigay sa inyo ay nandoon sa listahan, hindi niyo po kailangan magbayad. Kung may mga serbisyo po na wala sa listahan, iyon po ang kailangan nating bayaran,” Spokesperson Pargas adds.

Pargas added that beneficiaries must first register with local Philhealth Offices or online at in order to avail Konsulta services.

PhilHealth Vice President Dr. Bernadette C. Lico, M.D. (Left), PIA Director-General Jose A. Torres Jr. (Center), and PIA NCR Regional Head Emver P. Cortez (R) showed the signed MOU and posed for a photograph with the PhilHealth staff at the PIA Conference Room, Quezon City, on September 4, 2023. (JR/PIA-CPSD)

Communicating Konsulta to the communities

“Ito ang first time in history na makikipag-partner ang Philhealth sa Philippine Information Agency para ituluyan nating ipaalam sa lahat ng Pilipino ang magandang programa ng Universal Health Care (UHC) lalo na itong baby steps po natin, ang pagpapatupad ng Konsulta program na kung saan ay mayroon na tayong preventive care na kailangan ng bawat Pilipino para mapahaba ang buhay natin. Dahil kapag mas mahaba ang buhay natin, mas maganda ang epekto sa ating ekonomiya,” Philhealth Vice President – Regional Office NCR Bernadette Lico, M.D said during the PIA Press Conference.

Prior to the press conference, the Philhealth and PIA National Capital Region offices inked a Memorandum of Understanding in a bid to strengthen communication of UHC and Konsulta program initiatives.

PIA Director General Jose A. Torres Jr. recently witnessed the MOU signing between Philhealth VP Lico and PIA-NCR Regional Head Emver Cortez last September 4, 2023 at the PIA Conference room. (GG/PIA)

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