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DOH: No conflict between Local Government Code, Universal Health Care

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Even with the integration of health facilities into provincial and city-wide networks, the country's healthcare system remains devolved

File photo of a rural health unit. Shutterstock.com

Lawmakers to DOH: Why only 33 areas for Universal Health Care rollout?

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III cites 'limitations' such as budgetary constraints as among the reasons

Pasig to train doctors for barangay health centers – Vico Sotto

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

Rizal Medical Center staff will help develop medical staff at barangay centers, so residents don't have to go to public hospitals for treatment of common illnesses

STRONG FRONTLINERS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto signs an agreement with the Rizal Medical Center for the training and development of doctors for barangay health centers. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page  SOURCE  Photo taken from Vico Sotto's offical Facebook page

Expiring meds, lack of infra derail Duterte's universal health care law

Jul 26, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The health department has the money it needs to implement Duterte's landmark law, but there is poor implementation of programs, from procurement of medicines to building health facilities

HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. The Universal Health Care Law was signed into law in February 2019, a landmark measure that aims to provide free healthcare for all. File photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What Filipinos can expect from the Universal Health Care Law

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:27 PM

All Filipinos will be granted health coverage but not everything will be free. Here's what you can expect.

PANOORIN: Universal health care – ano pa ang kulang?

Mar 30, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Paliwanag ng ekonomistang si JC Punongbayan, panimulang hakbang lang ang batas na ito. Marami pang dapat gawin para maging tunay na pangkalahatan ang healthcare sa bansa.

Who should be credited for the passage of the universal health care law?

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The landmark universal health care law is not any lawmaker's single-handed achievement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial signing of the Revised Corporation Code and the Universal Health Care Act at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2019. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH: Enough funds to implement universal health care law

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also renews his appeal for lawmakers to pass measures to sustain the new law, such as higher taxes for tobacco and alcohol products

ENOUGH FUNDS. Health officials and lawmakers give assurances of adequate funding for the Universal Health Care Law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Universal healthcare: Why we’re still not quite there yet

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:20 PM

If only for the added assurance and security it offers – and the direction it decisively sets for the healthcare sector at large – the Universal Health Care Act is a very welcome development

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Duterte signs universal health care law

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The measure intends to provide health care for all Filipinos so financial problems will not get in the way of seeking medical attention

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

FALSE: Duterte 'signed' universal health care bill in October 2018

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to sign the bill into law because Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed the bicameral conference committee report only on January 21, 2019

U.S. judge says Obamacare can stand while appeal is heard

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

If the decision declaring Obamacare as unconstitutional is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the US health care system

OBAMACARE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

U.S. judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:32 PM

The ruling came one day before the Saturday, December 15 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2019

OBAMACARE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

Bicam approves universal health care bill

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If the bill is signed into law, all Filipinos would get 'immediate eligibility' for and access to the full spectrum of health care

APPROVED. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives approved a reconciled version of the universal health care bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House panel approves bill increasing alcohol taxes

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The bill seeks to curb consumption of alcohol while raising funds for the universal health care program

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

DOH seeks more funds to finish nearly-complete health facilities in 2019

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says about P16.7 billion is needed to make over 1,000 health facilities nationwide operational

BUDGET HEARING. Health Secretary Francisco Duque at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WHO to PH: 'Real investment' in universal health care 'needs to happen'

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:29 PM

WHO Country Representative Gundo Weiler says the agency also supports calls to increase tobacco taxes from P32.50 per pack to P90

HEALTH INVESTMENT. The World Health Organization said the Philippines needed to ensure funding for universal health care. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P257B needed for first year of universal health care coverage – DOH

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Increasing the excise tax on cigarettes from P32.50 per pack to P90 will also discourage smoking and lessen incidents of tobacco-related diseases, says Health Secretary Duque

FUNDS. A major source of funding for the proposed universal health care law will be revenue collected from the sin tax. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duque asks Duterte to certify tobacco tax hike bill as urgent

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Health wants excise tax on cigarettes to be increased to P90 per pack from the current P32.50

MORE EXPENSIVE CIGARETTES. Customers looks at a stall selling cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at a mall in Manila. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Senate approves universal health care bill

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But the measure is still far from being enacted as lawmakers will have reconcile the different provisions of the Senate and House of Representatives versions

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Senate eyes passage of universal health care bill by October

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:43 PM

But committee chair Senator JV Ejercito says the current squabble over Malacañang's decision to revoke Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty is 'affecting' the passage of bills

HEALTH CARE. (L-R) Kabayan representative Ron Salo, Quezon 4th district representative Angelina Tan, Senator JV Ejercito, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque, Senator Risa Hontiveros push for the passage of the universal health care bill. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Cigarette prices to increase more with passage of universal health care bill

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Health Secretary Duque says the increase in revenues from higher sin taxes will be a major source of funds for the universal health care law

FUNDS. A major source of funding for the proposed universal health care law will be revenue collected from the sin tax.

Duterte urges 'speedy passage' of universal health care bill

Jul 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM

While the House has passed its version of the bill, the counterpart measure in the Senate is still pending in the committee level

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Duterte to certify as urgent universal healthcare coverage bill

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Supporters of the bill say the proposed measure would give Filipinos the 'full spectrum' of health services but its critics fear it would allow private facilities to dominate the health care system

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 27th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SONA 2016: Lawmakers happy Duterte supports their bills

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:34 PM

UPDATED Some lawmakers have filed bills on tax reform passport validity and universal health care even before President Rodrigo Duterte mentions them in his SONA

1ST SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. PHoto by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

SONA 2016: Duterte urges full implementation of RH law

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15 PM

But the President is silent on a 2015 temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court which advocates consider the biggest challenge in implementing the reproductive health law

IMPLEMENT RH. In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte says the reproductive health law 'must be put into full force'. Screenshot from RTVM

Challenges for next health chief: Immunization, TRO on implants

Jun 15, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Janette Garin hopes her successor won t have to encounter the inconveniences and problems she had to go through in her one year and 4 months as health secretary

Marcos, Escudero, Honasan, 2 Senate bets 'anti-health'

May 05, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Health advocacy groups that lobbied for the passage of the sin tax law warn against top leaders who chose to favor the vested interests of a few over protecting public interest

AFTER SIN TAX LAW. Health advocacy groups call Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Ralph Recto, and Tito Sotto as 'anti-health' candidates

Health care and the 2016 elections

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Are presidential candidates saying the right thing when it comes to health care in the Philippines?

World Bank: 400M still lack access to key health care services

Jun 13, 2015 - 11:39 AM

In low and middle income countries 6 of the people are at risk of being forced into or pushed further into poverty by health care costs

2014 target: More than 90% PhilHealth coverage

Jan 18, 2014 - 7:37 PM

To date over 80 of Filipinos are already members of Philhealth

Ona: Take health care out of politicians' hands

Jan 15, 2014 - 2:52 PM

The Department of Health is preparing a bill that will tweak the devolution setup reverting supervision of provincial and municipal health officers to DOH

DEVOLUTION? The Department of Health is crafting a bill on the devolution of health care system in the country. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sin tax collection exceeds gov't target

Dec 20, 2013 - 7:33 PM

The government expects revenue collection from sin products to reach P105 3 billion in 2014

Are LGUs hampering access to medicine?

Jul 28, 2013 - 12:49 AM

How are LGUs faring in the delivery of better health outcomes and greater access to medicines?

#SONA2013: The state of public healthcare in the Philippines

Jul 22, 2013 - 2:25 PM

Rappler takes a look back at the Aquino administration s healthcare agenda

Why the country needs universal health care

May 01, 2013 - 9:11 AM

The government plays an important role in the realization of UHC in the country Civil society could only do so much and lobby for it

DOH supports Drilon's P40-B sin tax proposal

Nov 07, 2012 - 7:20 PM

Ona says P40 billion is the middle ground that industry players and government were looking for

Lower sin tax, less health care for poor

Sep 30, 2012 - 1:53 PM

If lower taxes on tobacco and alcohol are adopted a large portion of the investment planned for the upgrade of public hospitals which cater primarily to the poor will not push through

Taxing tobacco: ‘Gov’t still earns if poor, youth buy less’

Sep 17, 2012 - 10:46 AM

Only the price sensitive segments of the population—the poor and the youth—will be discouraged by higher cigarette prices The rich will still buy the products

#HealthAlert: Wealth for Health Summit Blog

Jul 31, 2012 - 9:04 AM

Wealth for Health is on critical healthcare financing issues as well as the many aspects of universal health care