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According to Solon, the pandemic is an eye-opener for improving the healthcare system.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go underlined the significance of improving the quality of medical services on Friday, citing the epidemic as an example of the country’s healthcare system’s flaws.

The chair of the Committee on Health and Demography stated that he will support all proposals aimed at improving the country’s healthcare system.

“We need to invest because every Filipino’s life is essential,” he remarked.

Go admitted that his more experienced colleagues are better debaters than he is, but he pledged to continue battling for the disadvantaged, particularly when it comes to government hospitals.

The lawmaker was instrumental in the passage of 24 bills that will upgrade and build new public hospitals across the country, including the Universal Healthcare Act (UHC), which will require the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to begin collecting higher contributions from its members next month.

Shirley Domingo, PhilHealth’s vice president for corporate relations, confirmed that the 3% contribution rate will increase to 4% of a member’s salary, with the employer covering half of the cost.

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III asked PhilHealth to postpone its planned rate hike because members are still suffering from the consequences of the pandemic in an interview on Thursday.

While the PhilHealth premium hike is allowed under the Universal Health Care Act, Lacson, one of the 10 presidential contenders, believes it is untimely and inadvisable to execute it at this time.

“The pandemic’s repercussions are still affecting us.” In Hindi, of course. (It may not be timely.) Dapat siguro i-defer na muna at hintayin maka-recover totally o to some extent ang economy. Lacson remarked at a press conference in Cagayan de Oro City that the raise should be postponed until the economy improves.

According to Sotto, the Senate is not to blame for the increase.

“Kung gusto nila itaas, itaas nila based on UHC,” says the narrator (If they want it to be increased, increase it based on UHC). Don’t say it’s because the law was not passed by us. “They should talk to the Health Committee,” Sotto suggested.

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