Health Care for all Filipinos: Pres. Duterte Signs Universal Healthcare Act



President Rodrigo Duterte today February 20, 2019 signed the Universal Health Care Act, a bill which seeks to give all Filipinos health care coverage and benefits.


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Under the law, Filipinos will be automatically enrolled in the proposed National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) either as “direct contributors” or those who have the capacity to pay premiums, or “indirect contributors” or those sponsored by the government such as indigents, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.

The law ensures all Filipinos are guaranteed equitable access to quality and affordable health goods and services and protection against financial risks. It automatically enrolls all Filipinos to the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP).

Filipino residents can avail of  primary health care services even without PhilHealth identification cards.

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