The MILF Freedom Fighters Can Avail Philhealth Benefits and Services

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Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) personnel standing in a line on a road during a gathering of top officers of the Milf in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat in the southern Philippines. -- PHOTO: AFP

By Rod Gabriel | GetHealthAccess.com

“Yes, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Freedom Fighters can avail Philhealth benefits and services.” – Alexander Padilla, Philhealth President

This was the Philhealth President’s reply to a reporter during Philhealth’s 20th Anniversary Press Conference, when asked if the injured MILF combatants in the Mamasapano clash were also covered by Philhealth’s healthcare benefits and services.

Furthermore, the Philhealth President added that this was also part of goodwill that the government is extending in support of the ongoing peace process between the MILF and the government.

But before you react violently, this explains it all.

The National Health Insurance Program was established to provide health insurance coverage and ensure affordable, acceptable, available and accessible health care services for all citizens of the Philippines. It shall serve as the means for the healthy to help pay for the care of the sick and for those who can afford medical care to subsidize those who cannot. It shall initially consist of Programs I and II or Medicare and be expanded progressively to constitute one universal health insurance program for the entire population. The program shall include a sustainable system of funds constitution, collection, management and disbursement for financing the availment of a basic minimum package and other supplementary packages of health insurance benefits by a progressively expanding proportion of the population. The program shall be limited to paying for the utilization of health services by covered beneficiaries. It shall be prohibited from providing health care directly, from buying and dispensing drugs and pharmaceuticals, from employing physicians and other professionals for the purpose of directly rendering care, and from owning or investing in health care facilities. (Article III, Section 5 of RA 7875 as amended)

Yes, all citizens of the Philippines including the MILF.

With the passage of the sin tax law, Philhealth is now 18% away from reaching their targets in providing 100% health insurance coverage for Filipinos.

President Alexander Padilla added, that the difficulty lies in reaching the far-flung minorities, in Western Mindanao and Sulu islands.

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