Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will be revamped under the Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) Bill to give better services to the public, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Jean Paulyn Ubial said.
Under the UHC Bill, PhilHealth will be renamed as Philippine Health Security Commission.
Last Wednesday (Sept. 6), the Bill was approved on the third and final reading in the House of Representatives with a tally of 222 for the bill to seven against the bill.
According to Ubial, the new commission will be tasked to manage the funds of all other health care-related government agencies, hence the “one-stop shop” branding.
“When we say health security all funds for health whether it’s Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, PhilHealth, DOH will be managed by Philippine Health Security Commission so that all needs will be provided,” she explained in an interview with Davao Today.
Additionally, the restructured PhilHealth will make sure to lessen the burden of patients in sourcing of funds to pay for their medical services and bills.
On the other hand, the UHC Bill will permit all state-run hospital facilities to utilize 100 percent of their income to improve the quality of their services.
“This bill is groundbreaking because with it, every Filipino is granted the right to health by virtue of citizenship. It provides health security to Filipinos not because they can pay premiums, but simply because they are Filipinos,” said Deputy Minority Leader and Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry Roque to ABS-CBN News.