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Roque: free health services a state obligation

UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque said he would ensure the full implementation of his Universal Health Care Law (UHC) because providing free health services is a state obligation.

A former international student in England, Roque shared that he was provided two months’ worth of medicine and paid only £1.50 while all his medical tests were free.

Roque said he thought this experience would not be possible in the Philippines as England is a rich country until Thailand, an upper-middle-income state, implemented zero billing in health services.

“Hindi pala totoo na kinakailngang mayaman na bansa ka para itaguyod ang kalusugan ng marami kung ang Thailand ay kayang ipatupad ‘yan ay kaya rin ng Pilipinas,” he said.

Roque, who also authored the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act when he served as a party-list representative in the House of Representatives, said all Filipinos should have “zero billing” in health services.

He pointed out that 7 out of 10 Filipinos die without being able to go to the hospitals because of financial constraints.

“Napakalaki naman nitong trahedya. Iyan po ang dahilan kaya isinulong po natin ang Universal Healthcare,” Roque said.

“Lahat ng may sakit mabibigyan ng packages, magiging libre po ‘yan. Gaya ng COVID binigyan po ‘yan ng P780,000 iyong mgamost severe cases of COVID kaya magugulat kayo halos walangbabayaran ang pasyente, dahil po ‘yan sa Universal Healthcare,” he added.

Roque said that he would take all the necessary steps to provide good health to Filipinos if elected.

“Lahat ng hakbang gagawin natin para maibigay ang mabutingkalusugan sa ating mamamayan,” Roque said. “Obligasyon ng estado ‘yan kaya ngayon ginagastos natin ang kaban ng taong-bayan— sin taxes, PAGCOR, PCSO at saka budget para saUniversal Health Care.”

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