Tuesday, February 14, 2012

News Update PhilHealth hires 500 nurses for 'personal care' service

By Anna Valmero
PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA—Some 500 nurses are needed by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to provide “personalized customer care” to members seeking treatment in hospitals.
The nurses will be employed as part of the Philhealth’s Customer Assistance, Relations and Empowerment Staff (CARES). Each will receive a monthly salary of P15,000 plus health insurance coverage.
At least 530 nurses will be initially deployed starting March, after PhilHealth completes the recruitment and training processes.
“We’ve chosen to recruit nurses not only because they’ve been trained to provide care for patients, but also we recognize that many nurses are having extreme difficulty obtaining gainful employment,” said PhilHealth president and chief executive Dr. Eduardo Banzon.
The Professional Regulation Commission sees the number of totally unemployed Filipino nurses hitting 298,000 this year, to include the 68,000 who took the licensure exam in December.
Once deployed, the nurses will ensure that PhilHealth members enjoy hassle-free processing of benefits via spot eligibility checks in hospitals.
“They will expedite the documentary requirements of PhilHealth members in hospitals, and lessen the return-to-hospital (benefit) claims,” Banzon said.
The nurses will also help encourage non-members to enlist with PhilHealth, and facilitate payment of insurance premiums in the cashier units of hospitals.
Applicants should have superior communication skills, are customer-focused, knowledgeable in MS Office applications and can use online applications on wireless devices.
Nurses interested to join PhilHealth CARES can apply online until Feb. 14. Or they can email resumes to hrmdd.admin@philhealth.gov.ph under the subject heading “PhilHealth CARES Application.”