A bill instituting a universal healthcare protection was handed on third and closing studying by the House of Representatives by a vote of 222-7 with no abstention.
House Bill No. 5784, which can rename and reconstitute Philhealth because the “Philippine Health Security Corporation,” was accepted regardless of the objections of Makabayan partylist lawmakers who protested the privatization and commercialization of well being providers.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, who was initially a coauthor of the bill, withdrew his authorship of the bill, “mainly because said consolidated bill, we submit, is not in consonance with our position that free healthcare and a unified public healthcare should directly be funded by the Government through public hospitals.”
ACT TEACHERS Rep. Antonio Tinio stated, “Malinaw po sa kinatawang ito na ang panukalang batas na ito ay ang sukdulan ng layunin na itulak tungo sa privatization at commercialization ang ating sistemang pangkalusugan.”
But Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque stated the bill would give Filipinos higher healthcare. “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,” he stated.
According to the lawmaker, one of many key options of HB 4784 is that it permits all people and communities to obtain the total spectrum of well being providers they want, from well being promotion to prevention, therapy, rehabilitation and palliative care.
“This includes inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services encompassing preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative medical, dental, and mental health services,” the lawmaker careworn.