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Solon wants an investigation into PhilHealth’s “bad” healthcare system.

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Representative Ray Florence Reyes of the Anakalusugan party list urged House of Representatives members on Thursday to look into the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.’s (PhilHealth) subpar “health care delivery system” under the universal healthcare (UHC) scheme.

“Despite the optimistic outlook of universal healthcare, the 45 percent cost of seeking medical care is debilitating for low-income families, especially at this time. We request that your fellow members of Congress look into this issue. Reyes added, “We need to address this financial inequity in the health sector.

The state insurer recently testified before a House committee that Filipinos continue to be responsible for out-of-pocket costs ranging from 34 to 44.7 percent.

Reyes visited barangays in the province of Bulacan to distribute free medical examinations and medications in reaction and line with the group’s cause.

With these medical endeavors, Reyes continued, “We are doing everything we can to lessen the pain of our compatriots and, in some little way, to temporarily soothe the sad state of our health care delivery system.”

314 patients were served during the three-day medical mission from October 5 to 7 in the barangays of Lalakhan and San Gabriel in Sta. Maria and Barangay Tigbe in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

Free medical services included the distribution of vitamins and medications, lipid profiling, electrocardiograms (ECG), and general consultations.

The number of patients ready to take advantage of these free services indicates that PhilHealth needs to improve its case rate, which hasn’t been updated in 20 years, and most crucially, expand its coverage.

Ninety percent of Filipinos were registered as members of the national health insurance as of 2022.

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