Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri is pushing for the establishment of specialty hospitals across the country — hospitals such as the Philippine Heart Center, the Lung Center of the Philippines, the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

“Being from Mindanao myself, I am very much committed to decentralizing our health care system, and ensuring that we are able to deliver quality health care to every corner of the country,” Zubiri said.

“We’re quite proud that we have developed a very competent medical care system in Bukidnon, with zero billing for indigent patients, long before the zero-balance billing of the Amended Universal Healthcare Act,” the veteran legislator added.

The seasoned lawmaker hails from Bukidnon and began his public service career as a Representative of the third district of said province.

“It’s so important that we strengthen our medical care system in our provinces.”

“It’s so important that we strengthen our medical care system in our provinces. Sa ngayon kasi, kailangan pang lumuwas ng mga tao mula probinsiya papuntang Maynila, kung magpapagamot sa mga specialty hospital. Kung hindi naman sila makakaluwas, ang option lang ay magpunta sa private hospitals, na sobrang mahal naman. Pero kung wala kang sasakyan o kahit pamasahe para makaluwas ng Maynila, sigurado wala ka ring pang-private hospital. This is the reality for millions of Filipinos, kaya hindi na lang sila nagpapagamot,” the reelectionist senator said.

“At kung kaya namang lumuwas, mahirap naman din magpa-schedule ng treatment sa ating mga specialty hospital — it can take months to get a slot, maliban na lang kung life or death situation na. Hindi naman pwedeng hintayin pa na humantong sa ganyan.

Imbis na paluwasin natin ang mga tao, dapat dalhin natin ang mga ospital sa kanila. So, we have started working with local government units to do this,” he added.

Zubiri explained that in 2021, Congress passed the Bacolod City General Hospital Act, to cater to the residents of Bacolod and nearby cities and municipalities.

The hospital was also established in an effort to decongest the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, which was the only tertiary hospital in Negros Occidental at the time.

“We want to put up counterpart heart, lung, kidney, cancer, and children’s centers in Visayas and Mindanao.”

“We are also doing this in Iloilo, with our bill establishing a tertiary hospital for the city,” he added. “We will be having a hearing on the bill, and hopefully we can get it passed this Congress.”

“But we want to go beyond general hospitals. Siyempre tuloy ang efforts natin na magtayo ng general hospitals, especially for places that don’t have tertiary hospitals yet. But along with these, isusulong rin natin na makapagtayo ng regional specialty hospitals — at the very least, we want to put up counterpart heart, lung, kidney, cancer, and children’s centers in Visayas and Mindanao,” Zubiri stressed.

“Once we have these regional speciality hospitals, magiging mutually beneficial rin ang mga ito sa ating Doktor Para Sa Bayan Act. Our medical scholars can take their internships in these specialty hospitals, and in this way, we will be strengthening our medical schools, and also strengthening our hospitals,” he concluded.



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