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PCSO’s additional P2.5 billion budget encourages UHC’s complete implementation.

According to a government official, the PHP2.5 billion in increased funding for the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program will improve financial security for all members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Dr. Shirley “Gigi” Bajamonde, the spokesperson for PhilHealth, made this statement after the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) turned over a check for PHP2.5 billion to the Bureau of Treasury as additional funding for the initiative that provides Filipinos with equal access to high-quality and reasonably priced health care products and services.

Mel Robles, general manager of the PCSO, handed the check to Bajamonde.

“We are overjoyed to receive this funding from PCSO. We have planned several advantages for using these monies. The national subsidy for benefit improvement would be used to transfer this money to PhilHealth, according to Bajamonde, who spoke during a press conference at the Malacanang Palace.

According to her, the sum will serve as a separate subsidy from the money allocated in the General Appropriations Act to pay for indirect contributors’ premiums.

This fund is designated only for benefit improvement; it will not, under any circumstances, be utilized for administrative costs. We are therefore delighted to receive these monies as they will result in stronger financial protection for all of our members, she continued.

According to Bajamonde, the PHP2.5 billion cash will be a part of the “special fund in the coffers of PhilHealth” rather than being utilized to cover reimbursement claims primarily for treatments provided to Covid-19 patients.

“It will only be used to increase benefits, specifically. In reality, with the collaboration and permission of the two organizations, we’ll be releasing a medium-term spending plan for this money from PCSO and PAGCOR [Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation].

According to her, the funds are anticipated to boost patients’ access to dialysis appointments, improve orthopedic benefits, and enhance the “Z” benefits package, which would mainly handle catastrophic instances.

By enrolling Filipinos automatically in the government’s health insurance program, the UHC Law, also known as Republic Act 11223, was signed into law by former president Rodrigo Duterte on February 20, 2019. Its goal is to safeguard and advance the right of Filipinos to health.

The organization in charge of overseeing RA 11223’s implementation is PhilHealth.

On July 25, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. stressed the need for a more robust healthcare system in his first State of the Nation Address.

He declared that his administration would make every effort to enhance the welfare of the nation’s physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

Robles provided assurance that the PCSO and PNP would continue to work together to stop “jueteng” and unlawful small-town lottery (STL) activities.

“We indeed have many unlawful businesses, and we are working hard to keep them under control. Since they affect how much we contribute to the universal health care system, rest assured that we are working… We lack police authority, but he said we’re employing many persuasions and legal maneuvers to stop the unlawful jueteng from operating.

He continued, “We are attempting to avoid this as much as can so that the legal STL, who are paying their taxes and, in fact, contributing to PhilHealth’s coffers, can function and grow.

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