Senatorial aspirant Pia S. Cayetano is elated with news that the Department of Health (DOH) is now scouting for pilot areas for the implementation of the newly enacted Universal Health Care Law (UHC).
The DOH has reportedly chosen Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental as one of the pilot areas where the new measure will be enacted.
“I am excited that CDO was chosen to be a pilot location. And I’m happy that this is how the government will enforce the program,” Cayetano said in an interview on the sidelines of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) campaign rally in the province on Thursday.
A known health advocate, Cayetano stressed that the key feature of the UHC law is to provide equal access to quality and affordable health services for all Filipino families.
The measure mandates the automatic enrollment of all Filipinos in the National Health Insurance Program, which will give them access to all health care services of the government, including preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative care.
“Our job as legislators is to work, by way of law, towards strengthening our systems so that there should be no difference between the poor and the rich, especially when it comes to healthcare,” said Cayetano, who co-authored the House version of the health law.
“That is what we will keep on prioritizing if we get the chance to return to the Senate,” she added. #