Philhealth introduces TSeKaP primary care benefit package

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has recently re-introduced its Primary Care Benefit Package under a new brand called Tamang Serbisyong Kalusugang Pampamilya (TSeKaP).

TSeKaP consists of essential services aimed at prevention, early detection of diseases and even interventions for healthy living. It includes consultations, visual inspection with acetic acid, regular blood pressure monitoring, periodical breast examination, and health promotion like education on breastfeeding, counseling on lifestyle modification and smoking cessation.

Preventive services also cover body measurements and digital rectal examination while diagnostics such as complete blood count, urinalysis, fecalysis, sputum microscopy, fasting blood sugar, Lipid profile and chest X-ray are also available upon the recommendation of the physician.

“TSeKaPeven provides medicines for asthma, acute gastroenteritis with no or mild dehydration, pneumonia, and urinary tract infection,” PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla in a statement said.

Qualified beneficiaries can avail of these services at their designated rural health units, health centers or at outpatient departments of government hospitals nearest them in the case of DepEd employees. Land-based OFWs have the option to choose their TSeKaP providers.

Beneficiaries should enlist themselves with TSeKaP providers and be assigned to a primary care physician to enjoy the services within the validity period as indicated in their PhilHealth cards or Member Data Record in the case of land-based OFWs.

To date, a total of 2,482 outpatient clinics covering at least 93 percent of all cities and municipalities in the country have been accredited as TSeKaP providers and some P2.9B has already been paid for the said package from 2012 to 2013 alone.

The said benefit was first introduced in 2000 to provide adequate access to quality outpatient services and has undergone several enhancements until its re-introduction as TSeKaP to help encourage usage especially among the poor. (Philhealth/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)