The Senate has passed Senate Bill No. 1673, also known as the Universal Health Coverage Act, in its third and final reading on Wednesday, October 10.
Under SB 1673, all citizens of the Philippines will be placed under the coverage of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), which will be named the Philippine Health Security Corporation.
Sen. Juan ‘Sonny’ Angara, author of S.B. 1673, previously said that every Filipino will be provided with free and comprehensive medical service, including check-ups, laboratory tests, and hospitalization, thru this measure.
The lawmaker mentioned that records of the DOH show that six out of 10 Filipinos die from health complications without undergoing medical consultation due to its expensiveness.
Angara also mentioned that SB 1673 will improve and create additional health facilities in the Philippines, especially in rural areas.
The senator stressed that many towns in the Philippines still lack comprehensive facilities that can provide the necessary health services to its residents.
“Alam kong may mga programa diyan ang ating DOH (Department of Health) pero talagang kung tutuusin sa mga malalayong lugar kulang pa rin ang ating mga barangay health clinics at rural health units,” Angara said during DZRH’s ACS Balita.
“Halos maraming barangay pa rin ang walang comprehensibong pasilidad,” Angara added.
The senator further explained that the budget for the implementation of SB 1673 will be taken from all government agencies that have health programs.