Libreng Hospitalization Para Sa Mga Mahihirap ngayong 2017 - Duterte
In 2017, all Filipinos need not worry about their hospital and medicine bills, these will be free, Health Department Chief said Saturday, December 17.
“There’s no need to hold any card of PhilHealth, just prove to us you are a Filipino, you are entitled to be covered by health benefits, the PhilHealth will take care of the hospital billings and other concerns,” said Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossel-Ubial.
She said this after an increase of the funds being given by the Budget Department to cover the hospital needs of the poor and needy Filipinos.
According to Ubial, the Health Department is now in good financial standing after the Budget Department paid last November the arrears of 32 Billion from the 42 Billion deficits of PhilHealth.
“This is the first time in [DOH] history President Duterte has exerted all efforts and expect changes in the next days. Poor patients will leave hospitals with no billings balance,” she said.
The Health Chief also mentioned additional subsidies for free medicines from government agencies, including the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Moreover, she said next year there will be no more buying of medicines in government pharmacies because every poor family can get it free from the government health program.
Ubial added that she got assurance from President Rodrigo Duterte who she quoted as telling her, “Just take care of the poor, I’ll take care where to find the money.”