Health insurance for all Filipinos soon

Published February 5, 2019, 2:32 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Analou de Vera

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) assured that all Filipinos will be provided with health insurance once the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill is signed into law.

Dr. Roy Benedicto Ferrer (Philhealth / MANILA BULLETIN)
Dr. Roy Benedicto Ferrer
(Philhealth / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement, Dr. Roy Ferrer, acting PhilHealth president, noted that over 100 million Filipinos are currently covered by PhilHealth.

“With UHC, the remaining six million of the population will soon be included and provided with health insurance,” said Ferrer.

“Non-members are assured that, under the UHC act, every Filipino will be treated by any PhilHealth accredited hospital,” he added.

Ferrer said that the UHC aims to automatically include all “Filipinos in the National Health Insurance Program, and grant them immediate eligibility to claim the benefits when needed. ”

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives recently ratified the measure and has been transmitted to Malacanang.