Castling: Zero billing for health services

Corruption within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) threatens the successful implementation of universal health care, which aims to provide free health insurance coverage to all Filipinos, Senate candidate Harry Roque said on Friday.

“There is a real threat to the genuine and full implementation of our Universal Health Care Law. What we want is zero billing for all patients, but so we are threatened by corruption within PhilHealth, ”said the former presidential spokesman.

Roque said he was studying the implications of replacing PhilHealth with a national health service that would ensure “zero billing” in hospitals, free health services, drugs and medical tests for those seeking treatment.

“I am studying it carefully whether it is time to abolish PhilHealth and replace it with a national health service to eliminate corruption,” Roque said.

“If necessary, we will introduce an amending law to the UHC law for the creation of the National Health Service,” he added.

Roque drafted the UHC law while he was still a member of the House of Representatives. The law calls for improving the doctor / patient ratio, improving the capacity and equipment of hospital beds and establishing hospitals in remote areas.

Under the CSU, graduates of health-related courses at state universities and colleges or government-funded scholarship programs must serve in the public sector for at least three years.

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