Mandatory PHILHEALTH Coverage for Public Utility drivers

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Phil...Bus, jeepney, taxi and tricycle drivers may soon be covered by the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) under a proposed measure seeking to alleviate their plight. 

Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) and Diosdado Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) are pushing for the passage of House Bill 4340 providing for mandatory health insurance coverage for all public utility drivers all over the country.

Macapagal-Arroyo said the bill provides for the mandatory coverage of all public utility drivers in the NHIP under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH).

"Being on the road for more than 12 hours everyday and driving even way past midnight, there is an urgent need to provide a mandatory health insurance package for our thousands of public utility drivers who deliver millions of our commuters to their point of destination," Macapagal-Arroyo said.

Macapagal-Arroyo said it is the government's policy to adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development available for all Filipinos and the provision of medical care to the underprivileged as embodied under Republic Act 7875 also known as National Health Insurance Act of 1995.

"The program covers a sustainable and progressive social health insurance and affordable quality health care services readily accessible to all Filipinos," Macapagal-Arroyo said. 

Macapagal-Arroyo said RA 7875 provides a system wherein the poor can avail of health services through their membership in the NHIP.

Macapagal-Arroyo said PHILHEALTH, the country's premier state-run health insurer, sets the standards, rules and regulations necessary to ensure quality of care, appropriate utilization of services, fund viability, member satisfaction, and overall accomplishment of program objectives specified in RA 7875.

"The law specifically provides that accessibility to these health care services are accorded to all Filipinos with priority to the underprivileged, sick, elderly, disabled, women and children," Macapagal-Arroyo said.