IT is best that government authorities place the health of the people, notably the poorest of the poor, on top of their priorities.
Better yet, they should now push for PhilHealth coverage for all Filipinos as proposed by crusading Senator Loren Legarda.
“It is our duty, in serving the public, to extend basic healthcare protection to all our citizens,” said Legarda, chairman of the powerful Senate committee on finance.
In the proposed 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA), members of Congress will augment the budget of the Department of Health (DOH) to achieve said target, said Legarda.
She assured the people that “we will cover all Filipinos under PhilHealth, and for indigent patients, they will not pay for anything in government hospitals under the “No Balance Billing” program, she added.
Today, there are about eight million Filipinos still not covered by PhilHealth, according to the health department.
The lady lawmaker, a certified environmentalist and a known press freedom advocate, is principal author of the landmark “Mandatory Universal Healthcare Coverage Act.”
With the journalist-turned-senator leading the fight to ensure the health of the people, there should be happy reasons to expect the best in the coming months and years.
We believe that lady legislator and other well-meaning government officials have highly-effective plans of action on how to meet the mushrooming needs of the burgeoning population.
Certainly, Legarda deserves the support of the Filipino people as she exerts her best efforts to ensure the health of every citizen in this impoverished but labor-exporting nation.