Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Universal Health Care Law or the Republic Act No. 11223 last October 10, 2019. It was enacted last February 20 of this year by President Rodrigo Duterte.
What the signing of the IRR of Universal Health Care means?
The IRR will pave way for the implementation of the UHC Law, which ensures holistic health care for every Juan and Juana by reorienting health care towards health promotion and preventive care, from the curative care-focused system.
All Filipinos are now members of the PhilHealth, either as direct or indirect contributors and shall be eligible to No Balance Billing (NBB) once admitted to basic or ward accommodations in hospitals.
Availability of basic ward accommodation in all facilities will be ensured through prescribed basic-private bed ratios—90:10 for public health facilities, 70:30 for public specialty health facilities, and a minimum of 10:90 for private health facilities.
Each Filipino will also be assigned to a primary care provider (health worker) who shall be the first contact of health care. Primary care providers will deliver free essential health services and will guide patients through different health care facilities.
“The health system must actively improve the health literacy, the built environment, and the social determinants of health of every Filipino—it should be a system that seeks out and cares for Juan and Juana every day, throughout their lives, not just when they are sick,” Secretary Duque said.
“When we say, “Sa UHC, lahat kasama,” we do not just mean that UHC caters to every Juan and Juana, we are also calling on every Juan and Juana to contribute to this immense reform to shape their health future, a health future that is for them and as much as it is by them,” Secretary Duque concluded.