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Laguna LGUs vow support for rollout of universal health care law

by Fredmoore Cavan
August 3, 2019


STA. CRUZ, Laguna —The Department of Health (DOH) Region IV-A has earned the support of local government units in Laguna for the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act in the province.

During the orientation and dialogue held here on July 18, local chief executives together with health personnel from government and private hospitals in the different parts of Laguna have pledged their all-out support to the program.

In a statement, Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said that LGUs' commitment is the key in the successful implementation of the UHC.

He said the program will provide all individuals and communities all the means to receive health services they need without suffering from financial difficulties.

“The passage of the UHC [Universal Health Care] Law gave us the chance to fix everything in our health system. This is our chance to make things right,” Janairo said.

While local government units extended support to the program, the DOH Region IV-A assured that the same support will be provided to LGUs towards the smooth implementation of the programs mandated under the health care law.

“We need to strengthen primary health care in order to accelerate progress towards the attainment of UHC,” the regional health director said.

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Series of orientations

The orientation and dialogue, according to DOH Region IV-A, seeks to orient local officials and health workers on the guidelines, coverage, and benefits of the UHC.

It said the orientation also targets to gather issues and concerns of municipalities and discuss the needed support relative to the implementation of the program.

Emphasizing the importance of LGU cooperation, Janairo said that they will bring the same orientation in the different parts of the region to assure the readiness of local officials and health workers in the implementation of UHC.

“DOH has already created a UHC [Universal Health Care] task force to conduct series of orientation in various provinces to educate and inform our local executives and health workers on what the UHC is all about,” Janairo said.

“In order to understand UHC, you need to read the law again and again to get the meaning. Lalo na ang IRR [Implementing Rules and Regulations] nito na dapat talagang bigyan ng panahon na mabasa. Parang kanta yan na kailangang marinig mo ng paulit-ulit upang maintindihan at isapuso ang ibig sabihin nito,” he added.

Republic Act 11223 or the Universal Health Care Law is an all-inclusive program that grants Filipinos equitable access to affordable and quality health services.

Under the law, every Filipino, including overseas Filipino workers, are eligible for preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative care upon automatic enrollment to the government’s health insurance program.

“Karapatan ng bawat Pilipino na mabigyan ng sapat na serbisyong pangkalusugan. Walang dapat maiwanan. Walang matatakot na maospital dahil sa gastos. Anumang oras, nasaan man ang pasyente dapat merong serbisyong medical na sasalo,” Janairo said.

(It is the righ of every Filipino to be given sufficient health services. No one is left behind. No one is afraid to be hospitalized because of expenses. Anytime, wherever the patient is there should be medical services that will take care). (FSC with reports from DOH Region IV-A)

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