Right to health

August 30, 2019

FILIPINOS look forward to enjoying the benefits under the Universal Health Care (UHC) law, a piece of legislation designed to provide affordable and better health care service for the people.

But the government is not yet in a position to implement the measure nationwide because of budgetary constraints and lack of readiness, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque.

In the view of various quarters, the government’s inability to make health and other social services available to all the Filipino people at affordable cost is, without doubt, a real problem.

Earlier, the Department of Health (DoH) said it would need P257 billion for the first year implementation of the UHC law.

In next year’s proposed national budget, the law has P67.4 billion for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and P92.2 billion for the DoH to strengthen its implementation.

That’s why the leadership of the House of Representatives has been working very hard to address the funding gap in the implementation of the law, said Majority Leader Martin G. Romualdez.

Romualdez said “this is our commitment to President Duterte’s better health care service for Filipinos,” particularly the poorest of the poor not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.

The Leyte solon said health is a basic right of people, assuring the public that Duterte will work to protect and promote this right and “instill health consciousness among them.”

The House, under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, recently approved on third and final reading the proposed law on additional excise taxes on alcohol, heated tobacco and vapor products.

For the benefit of the people, our lawmakers — senators and congressmen —ought to succeed in addressing the funding gap in the implementation of the Universal Health Care law.