Makati residents get subsidized health care from Heart Center

Posted at 04/25/13 1:22 PM

MANILA - Makati residents as well as local and national government employees working there are entitled to subsidized medical care and hospitalization at the Philippine Heart Center, the local government said.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay and PHC Medical Director Dr. Manuel Chua Chiaco signed a memorandum of understanding that allows beneficiaries of the Makati Health Plus Program (Yellow Card) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) access to specialized medical care when their condition warrants services beyond the diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of the city-run Ospital ng Makati (OsMak).

Also covered are city government employees regardless of employment status and their immediate family members, namely, spouse, minor children, and parents of the employee.

National government employees, such as Makati policemen, firemen, teachers, judges, and prosecutors, during their assignment to the city are also among its beneficiaries, along with all elected city and barangay officials and their immediate family members.

“Partnerships with key medical institutions, such as Philippine Heart Center and Makati Medical Center, enable our constituents and stakeholders to enjoy the optimum benefits of universal health insurance,” Binay said.

Under the one-year agreement, when a patient is assessed by a Cardiac Specialist of OsMak to be in need of medical care at PHC, a Letter of Authority will be endorsed and signed by the OsMak Medical Director or Assistant to the Medical Director for the approval and signature of the Mayor or the City Administrator.

In cases of emergency, a provisional LOA signed by OsMak’s Medical Director or Assistants to the Medical Director may be used to effect the transfer of patients to PHC. However, the duly signed LOA must be secured and presented to PHC within three working days from the date of admission.

The agreement may also cover the rendition of outpatient services at PHC, provided that a duly signed LOA is submitted to PHC Medical Social Service.

Whenever applicable, the city government will have the option to upgrade or avail of the PhilHealth Z benefit package, which covers coronary artery bypass graft surgery among other procedures for “catastrophic illnesses”.