Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon met the press in SOCSKSARGEN Region through a Press Conference aired live simultaneously at three Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation stations in South Central Mindanao.
Dr. Banzon as the newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation is not new to Philhealth as he was the Vice President of Health Finance Policy Sector before leaving the corporation for World Bank.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon during presscon held in the City of Koronadal, South Cotabato
“I appreciate meetings and dialogues with Philhealth members especially friends from the media and Information Officers of government agencies who are our partners in disseminating information to our clients,” the President and CEO said.
According to him, as the country’s leading health care financing institution, Philhealth will continue giving more benefit packages and expanded services for the members particularly on preventive care.
“This year, we hope to provide the same benefits for all conditions in order to respond more to what our members need like the “No balance Billing Policy” which to date is only good for sponsored members admitted in government facilities,” he said.
To assist ten million indigents in the process of benefits availment, Philhealth CARES (Customer Assistance, Relations and Empowerment Staff) shall be deployed nationwide effective this March in government hospitals.
They will also be trained and assigned to perform data gathering function and conduct survey for studies needed in the future.
Asked whether Philhealth is losing because of the 1B difference between collection and benefit payment as of September 30, 2011; Banzon said that PHilhealth has more than 100B reserve fund to pay for the hospitalization services.
Being the corporation’s new President, he is transparent in informing the public that despite issues on increase of premium by July this year and benefit dissatisfaction of some members, Philhealth remains strong and financially viable.
It is even geared to reform, respond and restructure its system anchored on four pillars; member satisfaction through IEC intensification; excellent business process leading to paperless transaction; viability of fund by enhancing growth and fund maintenance to pay the members hospitalization benefits and organizational capability by retooling and conducting skills training for its employees. (Hanah G. Naanep)