QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The public awaits the benefits that can be availed with the enactment of the Universal Health Care Act.
Under the newly signed law, every Filipino will automatically become a member of Philhealth.
This shall not be only limited to hospital confinement expenses but also for doctor consultations and out-patient check-ups on illnesses such as cough and colds, tuberculosis, cholera, and measles.
This, however, still does not cover cases such as cancer and other severe illnesses.
“Ang aim po natin dito para hindi na lumala yung sakit hindi na umabot sa kailangan pa nilang iconfine sa ospital at hindi mas lalala ang sakit at lalala ang gastos [Our aim is to prevent the worsening of the disease to the point of having to be hospitalized, which is very costly],” said Rep. Ron Salo, the principal author of the Universal Health Care Law.
The government shall allot P219 billion as initial fund for the first year of its implementation.
The law, on the other hand, mandates the government scholars with health-related courses to serve their respective barangays and in rural areas for three years.
The law’s implementing rules and regulations will be released to the public as the overall guidelines on its application. — Maris Federez (with reports from Rosalie Coz)