The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation was recently cited by the ASEAN Social Security Association (ASSA) during its virtual 37th Board meeting held in December 2020.
PhilHealth received the Continuous Improvement Recognition Award from the region’s leading social security association for its “efforts in COVID-19 as catalyst for evolving the payment mechanism towards UHC’s progressive realization”.
Early last year, the state health insurer rolled-out benefit packages to provide members with financial protection against the prohibitive testing and treatment costs for the dreaded disease. Among these packages are the SARS-CoV-2 testing package, community isolation package, Benefit package for those with mild to no symptoms, and inpatient care depending on the severity of the patient’s pneumonia.
PhilHeath President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Dante A. Gierran received the award on behalf of the Agency. “We would like to sincerely thank the ASSA Board for recognizing our COVID-19 response in support of the government’s thrust to curb the pandemic. This award is a testament to the Government’s genuine concern for those who contracted the disease, as well as to the dedicated healthcare workers who have been with us all along this fight,” Gierran said of the award.
The ASSA is composed of social security agencies from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, LAO PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.