On September 13, 2019, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released an amount of PhP29.8 billion to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for the payment of the one-year health insurance premiums of 6,510,234 beneficiaries, broken down as follows:
Indigent families are those who have no visible means of income, or whose income is insufficient for family subsistence, as identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction. Meanwhile, Point-of-Service (POS) patients are those non-PhilHealth members assessed by the hospital/medical social worker as financially-incapable to pay for hospital care at the point of hospital admission. The POS program provides POS patients immediate entitlement to PhilHealth benefits.
The Bangsamoro Program covers the families from the Bangsamoro communities and their decommissioned combatants, as endorsed by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP).
It may be recalled that on July 30, 2019, the DBM has also released PhP27.7 billion for the health insurance premiums of 11,539,617 PhilHealth beneficiaries.