LINGAYEN – As the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) continues to expand its services for war veterans, expect more hospitals to rise in the country specifically for this sector.
Dr. Pilar Ibarra, medical officer of PVAO said a bill is now filed in Congress seeking for the construction of veterans’ hospitals outside the National Capital Region.
“Our budget has increased from P10 million to P50-million for the whole year and we hope to extend the services not just to Manila-based veterans but also to veterans in the provinces,
with new programs and new hospitals in other parts of the country like Visayas and Mindanao,” Ibarra said during the outreach program held in Pangasinan on Thursday.
The Veterans Memorial Medical Center, the lone hospital which caters to the needs of veterans, is situated in the NCR.
Ibarra said PVAO also expanded the coverage of the Veterans Hospitalization and Medical Care Program (VHMCP) by providing subsidy for hospitalization of veterans like giving P1,500 per day of confinement, per patient per year for 45 days of confinement.
Additional benefits include subsidies to special medical procedures like cataract extraction, hemodialysis, cardiac procedures, cardiac by-pass and angiogram, among others, she added.
Reimbursement of out-patient medicines is also now made available at the Veterans Hospital. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)