Bong Go fights for proper enforcement of UHC Law

June 28, 2020
Bong Go
Bong Go

SENATOR Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go assured Filipinos that he will fight for the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law amid concerns surrounding the landmark law which automatically enrolls all Filipinos in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation's (PhilHealth) National Health Insurance Program. 

"Gaya po ng parating sinasabi ko sa inyo na ipaglalaban ko na ma-implementa ang Universal Health Care Law at maisalba ang operasyon ng PhilHealth. Napaka-importante ng kalusugan. Prayoridad natin 'yan ngayon lalo na sa pandemic na ito," Go, who is Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, said in an interview on Saturday, June 27.

"Sa mga senior citizens naman, nasa budget naman po 'yung para po sa mahigit six million senior citizens natin. Meron po kaming pina-follow up na ma-release kaagad, 'yung dagdag pondo na P4 billion para sa 800,000 na senior citizens natin, para covered po sila sa kanilang PhilHealth," said Go.

Go was referring to the additional P4 billion worth of funds to PhilHealth to cover the one-year health insurance premium contribution of 800,000 senior citizens. .

"Malaking ginhawa po ito sa kanila lalo na sa kasalukuyang pandemic na nagbabanta sa kanilang kalusugan," Go added.

As one of the high risk groups who need adequate safeguards against COVID-19, Go emphasized that the government should continue promoting the welfare of senior citizens who have dedicated their lives contributing to nation-building.

"Malaki po ang kontribusyon ng ating senior citizens sa ating lipunan. Panahon naman po para ibalik natin ito sa kanila sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng serbisyong may malasakit at maaasahan," Go said.

Go also mentioned that he previously appealed to the Department of Health to ensure the availability of medicines and other supplements needed by the elderly population amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the provision of a 20% discount for vitamins and mineral supplements prescribed by doctors. 

"Patuloy natin na ipinaglalaban ang kapakanan at kabutihan ng ating senior citizens," he said

"Napakaimportante po ng PhilHealth sa atin at iyong health care system natin. We cannot afford na mag-falter o mag-fail dito sa mga succeeding years pa po. Dahil nangako tayo. Inaprubahan po ito ng Kongreso, iyong UHC Law, at iyon—lalung-lalo na po sa mga mahihirap nating mga kababayan na wala pong pambayad talaga. Umaasa po na sasagutin po ng PhilHealth iyong mga kulang," he added.