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10K more poor Manileños enrolled to PhilHealth

More than 10,000 indigent Manileños are the latest health insurance beneficiaries of the state-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada believes that having a health insurance is a must for every Filipino due to the ever rising cost of hospitalization and medical care in the country.

“This is no longer a privilege, it should be the right of everyone to have a health insurance that they can depend on in times of need,” the Manila mayor said during the ceremonial distribution of PhilHealth ID cards to the 224 of the 10,470 beneficiaries at the city hall.

For 2017, the city government targets to enroll a total of 27,500 beneficiaries. Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW) chief Nanet Tanyag said a total of 10,470 residents were enrolled to PhilHealth for this month of July alone.

“Mayor Estrada’s thrust is to have everyone, every poor resident, enrolled to PhilHealth, at least those who are qualified. No one will be left behind. Pipilitin natin na mai-enroll lahat,” Tanyag pointed out.

The 10,470 beneficiaries, who included solo parents and residents with chronic diseases that need expensive procedures such as dialysis and chemotherapy, came from the six districts of Manila and Baseco Compound.