New health care law expands coverage

The National Economic and Development Authority said the newly-enacted Universal Health Care Act will improve the people’s quality of living through expanded healthcare coverage for all Filipinos.

“... Through this law, we are making history in truly reforming the Philippine health care system,” Neda officer-in-charge Adoracion Navarro said in a statement Friday.

Navarro said the new law would increase the level of protection from the financial risks of getting ill and reduce the burden of health expenditure on individuals and families.

Signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 20, 2019, the law will ensure all Filipinos have access to a comprehensive set of quality, cost-effective, promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services without suffering financial hardships.

It will enable every Filipino to be automatically enrolled in PhilHealth’s National Health Insurance Program with full access to various health care services including reproductive health and family planning benefit packages.

Topics: National Economic and Development Authority , Neda , Universal Health Care Act
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