22 health facilities in Soccsksargen are registered for the free ‘KonSulTa’ services

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/August 23) – At least 22 health care facilities in the Soccsksargen region have been accredited under the Konsultasyong Sulit in Tama (KonSulTa), a service of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in support of the national government’s Universal Health Care (CSU).

Medical check-up. MindaNews File Photo by BOBBY TIMONERA

Dr. Hector Zenon Leonardo Malate, regional vice president of PhilHealth Soccsksargen, said the agency is accelerating the implementation of KonSulTa in the region for members to enjoy its benefits.

KonSulTa offers free health checkups, lab services and medications to members, he said.

Malate said another 26 health facilities in the region are applying for accreditation from the regional office to offer KonSulTa services.

Malate urged PhilHealth members to select the health facility of their choice, register and obtain a confirmation slip for issuing the authorization transaction code to start enjoying the benefits offered by KonSulta .

“The member’s facility of choice serves as the initial point of contact and navigator of the recipient’s needs to a higher level of care should the need arise,” Malate said in a statement.

Soccsksargen is made up of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong and Kidapawan.

As contracted by UHC, KonSulta provides free antimicrobial drugs, anti-asthma drugs, antipyretics to reduce fever, anti-dyslipidemias to prevent coronary heart disease, antidiabetics to relieve diabetes, antihypertensives to lower high blood pressure, anti-thrombotic drugs to reduce blood clots and antihistamines for allergies.

For laboratory services, KonSulTa benefits include CBC with platelet count, urinalysis, fecalysis, sputum microscopy and fecal occult blood test.

It also covers pap smear, lipid profile, fasting blood glucose, oral glucose tolerance test, ECG, chest X-ray, creatinine and hemoglobin A1C test.

“As PhilHealth will pay for the free services to be provided to members, beneficiaries are reminded to complete the EKAS or electronic KONSULTA remittance slip when checking out and using their lab and ePress services upon receipt of their medications. . This is how PhilHealth validates claims on KONSULTA submitted by facilities,” said Nevin Hallegado, Head of PhilHealth Soccsksargen Membership Section.

Hanah Naanep, chief information officer of PhilHealth Soccsksargen, said health care providers in the region who wish to be part of KonSulTa providers can visit the accreditation and quality assurance section of the regional office for the guidance and requirements.

The facility’s accreditation requirements include its ability to provide preventive care or screening services, health education, and laboratory and radiological services, and the ability to dispense required drugs and medications, a-t she declared. (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews)

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