'Tsekap': Philhealth has new benefits for indigents

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) expanded its primary care package to benefit more than 15 million indigents and sponsored members.

The expanded package called Tamang Serbisyo sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya or Tsekap will be available in identified government and private health care facilities that will serve the following PhilHealth members:

About 15,068,028 families can now avail themselves of the following services:

Medicines and drugs may also be provided by PhilHealth-accredited drug outlets for the following medical conditions: 

Other diagnostic exams may also be availed of "when clinically necessary":

Regardless whether it’s a public or private Tsekap provider, the "No Balance Billing" policy will apply. This means indigents and sponsored members do not have to pay any amount beyond what PhilHealth pays for during hospital admission. 

The health facility must enlist the family and establish their individual health profiles for the Electronic Medical Records.

This way, medical records are digitized, and the physician's prescription will be sent to partner-pharmacies, where members can get their medicines packs. 

"Tsekap shall be initially rolled out to the indigent and sponsored members, but eventually it will be offered to all other sectors," PhilHealth President Alexander Padilla said in a statement Friday, March 13. – Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler.com