DSWD sought to verify dual PhilHealth membership-A A +A
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
TO avoid dual membership for its thousands of members in the city, the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) office hopes that the city legislators will reconsider the approval of the ordinance allowing Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Boyet Martinez, consultant of the city’s PhilHealth office, said they are optimistic that the City Council will give Moreno the green light so he can access data from the DSWD.
He said if the city’s PhilHealth office along with the City Social Welfare and Development office can access the data so they can maximize the resources of the city and avoid dual PhilHealth membership.
Martinez said the City Council refused to grant Moreno to enter into a MOA with the DSWD even if it was just intended for exchange of information without involving any expenses.
“There are no expenses to this. The MOA is just to access data that will help us crosscheck the PhilHealth members of the city,” Martinez said.
He said the DSWD has around 36,000 PhilHealth members in the city and the City Council seeks to renew the 50,000.
Martinez added it is possible some families have dual membership since they don’t have the data they need to crosscheck the list of members.
Although the approved budget for 2014 can only renew 25,000 PhilHealth members, Martinez said Moreno has ordered the renewal of the existing 50,000 members this year.
He added the renewal of these members is already a done deal.
However, Martinez said, based on their data around 8,000 members will be replaced by new members because they are either dead or have dual membership.
Martinez said in one family there should be only one member of PhilHealth, however, assured that PhilHealth members are distributed well in the city.
Source of funds
Meanwhile, Maricel Casiño-Rivera, city information officer, said the City Government can cover the 50,000 members for the first quarter.
She said the city has other resources to compensate with the lack knowing that the City Council only approved the renewal of 25,000 members.
To reach the 100,000-member target, she said the city will find ways to achieve the number.
Rivera said the administration is still hoping that the City Council will approve the P240 million that is intended to insure 100,000 residents.
But if they don’t, Rivera said they will always look for ways to deliver the services to the people.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 25, 2014.