Blue Card Hospitalization Program
Country of Operation
- City Government of TagbilaranGovernment
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryBlue Card Hospitalization is medical insurance program initiated by Mayor Dan Neri Lim to give free hospitalization to indigenous families in Tagbilaran city.
The Blue Card Hospitalization Program intends to provide access to medical services to low-income households in Tagbilaran.
Key program components
The key features of the program include: (1) Eligibility: (i) Resident of the city within the last 5 years; proof shown through a voter’s ID. (ii) The poverty cutoff was set to an annual household income of Php 40,000 ($958.54USD). A city survey was conducted to identify the poor. In the latest Poverty Alleviation Survey, about 2,802 families living within the city fell under the city poverty line. So far, about 4,300 beneficiaries have availed of benefits since the program started. (2) Premiums: Paid for by the city government. (3) Coverage: hospital fees (use of wards), professional fees, laboratory exams, initial set of medicines. (4) Participating providers: Three hospitals were accredited as providers: CelestinoGallares Memorial Hospital, Medical Mission Group Coop Hospital, and Ingle Wood Hospital. A memorandum of understanding governed the relationship between the city government and participating hospitals. Emergency patients utilizing other hospitals have to justify their stay there. (5) Administration: A Blue Card Office has been created to administer the program. This office screens the applicants in accordance with the eligibility requirements. It also issues the cards, processes claims, and monitors the program.
In 2006, the City Government of Tagbilaran introduced the Blue Card Hospitalization Program. It operates under a city ordinance which initially allocated Php 4 million ($95,854.30 USD) to establish the program.
About 2,800 families are covered.