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270 Calabarzon hospitals to support Universal Health Care

by Saul Pa-a
August 17, 2019
SUPPORT FOR UHC. Dr. Wyda D. Berina, Medical Officer IV and Head of the Regional Health Facility Operations and Development Unit – Hospital Facilities, assists the hospital chiefs of public and private hospitals in Calabarzon Region, as they sign the 'Pledge of Commitment' wall. The signatories affirmed their full support to the Universal Health Care during the first regional hospital summit themed “Call to Action for Hospital Development in the Attainment of Universal Health Care (UHC)” at Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City on Thursday (August 15, 2019). (Photo courtesy of DOH4A-MRCU)

CALAMBA City, Laguna - Some 270 health facility chiefs and hospital administrators from both public and private sectors in the Calabarzon Region on Thursday committed to support the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) through the Department of Health (DOH) as lead implementor.

The hospital officials signed their respective "Pledge of Commitment" to institutionalize and sustain the best practices and promotion of quality health service delivery to their clients, attuned to the UHC goals.

Under the commitment, the smaller hospitals will also be in close contact with bigger medical institutions with complete facilities and with specialized doctors.

The commitments were given during the first regional hospital summit themed "Call to Action for Hospital Development in the Attainment of Universal Health Care" led by Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo at Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Janairo said the first regional summit aims to strengthen health service delivery systems in hospital facilities and to streamline service operations and efficiently and effectively meet the particular health needs and demands unique to the patients, clients, and stakeholders.

“Service delivery is the most important facet of Universal Health Care as hospitals more often than not become the first point of access for care. It is equally important to link hospitals to other service providers in the health system to ensure equitable delivery of integrated, people-centered services through a whole-of-government approach,” he said.

Under the UHC law, all hospital operations are guided by policies, administrative guidelines and issuances emanating from the DOH Health Facility Development Bureau (HFDB) through specific health programs relative to hospital systems development.

In Calabarzon, Janairo established the Health Facility Operations and Development Unit (HFODU) to lead in providing vital technical assistance to hospitals in the region through the collaborative efforts of all Regional Health Programs/Units in a “One-Stop-Shop Strategy.”

He said the HFODU has recorded a total of 65 government health facilities and 149 private hospitals in the region.

Janairo urged both public and private hospitals to perform their essential roles in the universal health care system, especially to strengthen primary care.


“This will be the whole network system composed of public and private health facilities that will comprise the primary care level where hospitals should be prepared for the UHC implementation and in case of lack of resources, they would be assisted with the necessary equipment, services, and personnel, ” he said. H

He added by fixing the health care delivery system network of the region’s hospitals, this would avoid any hospital from refusing to admit patients who are cash-strapped or are required for advanced hospital deposit for immediate treatment or hospitalization.

“Patient satisfaction must be the indicator in providing health care for all Filipinos,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Wyda D. Berina, Medical Officer IV and HFODU head, underscored to the participants their roles in their respective leadership at the local level to ensure the success of the hospital’s health service deliveries.

“This summit aims to strengthen collaboration and partnership with regional and local counterparts to improve their performance through better regulation, financing, and feedback system, as part of overall efforts to increase equitable access to people-centered health services of adequate quality without undue financial hardship,” Berina said.

She pointed out the five UHC guides on accountability, efficiency, quality, equity, and sustainability and resilience. (PNA)


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