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PIA Press Release
2007/01/23

2007 budget widens health insurance coverage

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (23 January) -- As soon as the congress approves the 2007 national budget, about 80 per cent of Filipinos will be enrolled in the National Health Insurance.

The Department of Health Region XI will be waiting for the said approval as more and more concerns of indigents will be addressed. One of which is the high cost of medicines which the DOH could hardly regulate.

"The best help that the government can give these indigents is by enrolling them in a national insurance which we believe will lessen the burden of the patients in paying for their medication and treatment," said DOH regional director Rosell-Ubial.

It has been observed in the region that most patients especially in cancer cases were deprived of modern treatment due to financial constraints.

However, with indigents enrolled in the national health insurance, treatment and medication costs are expectedly lessened.

Just like the distribution of Philhealth cards which was passed on to the local government units, the enrolment of the said health insurance would also be handled by the Local Government Units.

"The national agencies cannot anymore shoulder the said responsibility which is why we tap the local government to do the same as they have handled the distribution of the Philhealth cards," Ubial stressed. (PIA) [top]

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