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Upgrades to PH healthcare facilities will cost P23 billion in 2023.

The Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the Department of Health (DOH), which will modernize healthcare facilities and services nationwide, will receive more than PHP23 billion in funding.

The National Expenditure Plan (NEP) for 2023, as recommended by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), includes this sum, according to a news release.

This amount will be divided as follows: PHP 2 billion will be used for the purchase of medical equipment, PHP 5 billion for rural health units, PHP 80 million for polyclinics, PHP 2.7 billion for local government unit hospitals, PHP 11.2 billion for DOH hospitals, and PHP 1.3 billion for other health facilities.

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said, “The monies for the 2023 HFEP are targeted on the gaps identified based on the amended Philippine Health Facility Development Plan for 2022 to 2040 that supports the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act.”

The necessity to be “prepared for any unusual circumstance and health emergencies” was another point she highlighted.

She said the Covid-19 pandemic had highlighted the need to have a robust healthcare system, so funding for it will always be a top concern.

The substantial budget allocated to the DOH’s HFEP is consistent with the Marcos administration’s aim to ensure access to high-quality, reasonably priced healthcare for all Filipinos, particularly those in rural regions.

The health sector will receive a sizable budget allocation of PHP296.3 billion under the proposed 2023 NEP, which comprises the DOH and Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

The Marcos administration will allocate monies to boost the nation’s healthcare system by supporting the workforce, funding research, and development, ensuring accessible and affordable healthcare, and improving healthcare facilities and services.

The need for a better healthcare system is “self-evident,” according to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who stated this in his first State of the Nation Address on July 25.

Instead of waiting for people to visit our hospitals and health care facilities, he remarked, “We must bring medical services to the people.”

The DOH’s Philippine Health Facility Development Plan 2020–2040 launched the strategy to make the health care system more accessible to individuals.

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