PAGCOR, PCSO Ink Circular Operationalizing Fund Allocations For Universal Health Care

Key officials from various government agencies display copies of the circular detailing the disbursement of PAGCOR and PCSO funds to UHC. They are (from left) Undersecretary of Health Mario Villaverde, PhilHealth President Dante Gierran, PAGCOR President and CEO Andrea Domingo, PCSO President Anselmo Simeon Pinili and board members of administration of PhilHealth, Dr. Jason Roland Valdez and Eduardo Anthony Mariño.

Filipinos can now have more equitable access to quality and affordable health services after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) officially signed on May 30, 2022, a joint circular operationalizing their respective fund allocations for Universal Healthcare (CSU).

Said circular – which details operational guidelines for the two agencies to contribute funds to the General Appropriations Act (GAA) as a National Government Grant for Benefits Enhancement – ​​was signed by the Chief Executive Officer. of PAGCOR Andrea Domingo and PCSO Chairman Anselmo Simeon Pinili at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) Headquarters in Pasig City.

They were joined at the event by key officials from DOH, the Department of Treasury (DOF), and PhilHealth.

In his message, Domingo highlighted PAGCOR’s contributions to nation building, such as remittances of 65.55 billion pesos to the National Treasury alone from 2019 to 2021. Fifty percent of this amount was allocated to PhilHealth to fund the UHC Act.

PAGCOR and PCSO Ink Fund Allocations for Universal Healthcare
PAGCOR President and CEO, Andrea Domingo, delivers a short message during the official signing of the circular operationalizing the fund allocations for the UHC program.

“This means that we have already donated almost 33 billion pesos for health care from 2019 to 2021, and I think it would greatly help the UHC program now that consultations for primary care will be taken over by PhilHealth,” she explained.

For his part, Pinili said that the guidelines on UHC disbursements signed by PAGCOR and PCSO jointly aim to provide mechanisms for the provision of transparent, accountable, timely and sustainable funds for the improvement of National Program benefits. health insurance (NHIP).

“Through our continued financial support for Malasakit Centers and Universal Health Care, the PCSO Board of Directors hopes to make our state-run lotteries closer and relevant to the lives of the Filipino people, in support of the vision and initiatives of President Rodrigo Duterte to make health for all Filipinos a reality,” he said.

Benefits that will be enhanced in consultation with PAGCOR and PCSO include certain medical and surgical procedures; increased case rates for hemodialysis up to 156 sessions; improved benefits for certain orthopedic implants, post kidney transplant, breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, open heart surgery for children; and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

PAGCOR and PCSO Ink Fund Allocations for Universal Healthcare
PAGCOR President and CEO Andrea Domingo is joined by PhilHealth President Dante Gierran (left) and PCSO President Anselmo Simeon Pinili as they review guidelines operationalizing funding allocations for the program Universal Health Care (UHC).

Under UHC or Republic Act 11223, half of the national government’s share of PAGCOR’s revenue, along with 40% of PCSO’s charitable fund, must be used to fund the program.

The UHC Act, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in February 2019, automatically enrolls all Filipino citizens, including overseas Filipino workers, into PhilHealth, which will have expanded coverage to include free consultation fees, laboratory and other diagnostic services.

The necessary funding for said extension of benefits will be provided to PhilHealth through the GAA starting in the year 2023.

James V. Hayes