On Thursday, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Universal Health Care Law (UHC) or the Republic Act No. 11223.
Enacted last February by President Rodrigo Duterte, the IRR ensures holistic health care for every Filipino.
“The health system must actively improve the health literacy, the built environment, and the social determinants of health of every Filipino—it should be a system that seeks out and cares for Juan and Juana every day, throughout their lives, not just when they are sick,” Duque said.
Under the UHC law, all Filipino citizens are automatically enrolled into the National Health Insurance Program as direct contributors, or those who have the capacity to pay premiums, and indirect contributors sponsored by the government such as indigents and senior citizens.
With all these promising improvements in the health system, the DOH reminds every Filipino to be mindful of their role as agents of change, equally responsible for their own health.
“When we say, “Sa UHC, lahat kasama (everyone is included),” we do not just mean that UHC caters to every Juan and Juana, we are also calling on every Juan and Juana to contribute to this immense reform to shape their health future, a health future that is for them and as much as it is by them,” Secretary Duque concluded.
—(Source: Department of Health)