Philhealth to hospitals: expand health services accreditation


More hospitals in Western Visayas should seek expanded primary care accreditation, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said.

PhilHealth said the expanded primary care benefits (ePCB) covers more target beneficiaries, providers, disease conditions and benefit inclusions.

For now, only two hospitals in Western Visayas are ePCB-accredited: Qualimed Hospital in Mandurriao, Iloilo City; and Sebaste Community Hospital in Antique province (

Sebaste (Antique) Mayor Jose Christopher Varona said ePCB will be of great help to patients at Sebaste Community Hospital.

Dr. Israel Francis Pargas, acting senior vice president for PhilHealth’s Health Finance Policy Sector, said the Primary Care Benefit (PCB) covers only indigents, sponsored citizens, overseas Filipino workers and teachers of the Department of Education.

In contrast, PhilHealth said ePCB includes the formal sector, lifetime members and senior citizens.

Also, ePCB expands the coverage in rural health units that presently offer only free consultation, diagnostics and medicines.

The added services under ePCB include Out Patient Departments of Level 1, 2 and 3 of government and private hospitals; infirmaries and medical outpatient clinics.

Also, ePCB now covers Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus Type II as additional disease conditions to acute gastroenteritis (AGE); urinary tract infection (UTI); upper respiratory tract infection (URTI); pneumonia; and asthma which were covered by the PCB.

Meanwhile, ePCB provides beneficiaries with complete dose of medicines for the covered disease conditions and will provide additional laboratory tests such as the oral glucose tolerance test and electrocardiography.