KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / September 26) – At least 60 government and private healthcare facilities in Soccsksargen have been accredited as providers of Konsultasyong Sulit at Tama (KonSulTa), a service of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in support of the national government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program, an official said Monday.
dr Hector Zenon Leonardo Malate, regional vice president of PhilHealth Soccsksargen, urged more healthcare facilities in the region to become accredited with KonSulTa.
“We are now in the final month of the third quarter and hope to accredit more facilities by the end of the year as we aim to provide more benefits from (KonSulTa) to our target beneficiaries,” he said in a statement.
KonSulTa offers its members free examinations, laboratory services and medication.
Of the 529,080 target patients for this year, at least 77,544 members have registered at the various KonSulTa facilities in the region as of Aug. 31, agency data shows.
At least 15 institutions accredited by KonSulTa have already set up their “My PhilHealth Portal” where members can register online.
Members can also register through the PhilHealth offices or through the support of PhilHealth Cares who are deployed to area hospitals.
Malate previously urged PhilHealth members to select their healthcare facility of choice, register and secure a confirmation slip for the issuance of the Authorization Transaction Code in order to begin claiming the benefits offered by KonSulTa.
“The member’s choice facility serves as the first point of contact and guides the beneficiary’s needs to a higher level of care whenever required,” said Malate.
Soccsksargen or Region 12 consists of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong and Kidapawan.
In accordance with the UHC’s commitment, KonSulTa provides free antimicrobial drugs, anti-asthma drugs, antipyretics to reduce fever, antidyslipidemia to prevent coronary artery disease, antidiabetic drugs to relieve diabetes, antihypertensive drugs to lower high blood pressure, anti-thrombotic drugs to reduce blood clot formation, and antihistamines with allergies.
For laboratory services, the benefits of KonSulTa include CBC with platelet count, urinalysis, stool analysis, sputum microscopy and stool occult blood testing.
It also includes Pap smear, lipid profile, fasting blood glucose, oral glucose tolerance test, ECG, chest X-ray, creatinine and hemoglobin A1C test. (Bong S. Sarmiento / MindaNews)