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FREE ANNUAL MEDICAL CHECK-UPS FOR PINOYS – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara said that all Filipinos, regardless of social status, should be able to avail of annual medical check-ups as a way to catch potential critical ailments at an early stage. As one of the authors of Republic Act 11223 or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act, Angara noted that many Filipinos still do […]

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FREE ANNUAL CHECK-UP BILL GETS HOUSE OK – DEFENSOR

A measure providing for a free annual medical check-up for Filipinos hurdled second reading approval at the House of Representatives. During plenary session, the chamber passed through voice voting House Bill 9072, otherwise known as the “Free Annual Medical Check-up Act”, which aims to enhance programs focusing on preventive and curative medicine that advance the […]

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UHC LAW TO FACILITATE COVID VACCINATION – GORDON

As the Senate continues its hearing on the national coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program, Senator Dick Gordon pointed out that implementing the Universal Health Care Law would ensure a speedy and organized rollout of the vaccination program. Gordon said that the UHC mandates that every Filipino shall register with a public or private primary care […]

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DEFER PHILHEALTH PAYMENT HIKE – ZUBIRI

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri, along with Senators Grace Poe, Joel Villanueva, Nancy Binay, Win Gatchalian, and Sonny Angara, have filed Senate Bill 1968, amending the Universal Health Care Act (UHC) to suspend the scheduled increase in Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) premium contributions. In the UHC Act, under which all Filipino citizens are part […]

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SENATE TO PROBE PHILHEALTH SCAMS – ANGARA

Funds allocated for Republic Act 11223 or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act must be checked to make sure that these are being spent properly before its full implementation, said Senator Sonny Angara, who also noted with dismay the various scams hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). As one of the authors of the […]

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TRANSFORM PHILHEALTH INTO A PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE CORPORATION – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara has called on government to make sure that all those involved in the “ghost” dialysis scandal hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will not go unpunished. “We need some punitive measures–we need to punish those who are guilty–as well as preventive measures para hindi na maulit,” Angara said. “We need some […]

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AMEND LAWS TO PREVENT HEALTH SCAMS LIKE GHOST DIALYSIS TREATMENTS – GORDON

In the wake of the multi-million peso “ghost dialysis” scam that rocked the Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth) Senator Dick Gordon said he is looking into the possibility of amending laws to prevent similar health scams from being perpetrated in the future. Gordon expressed apprehension that the Universal Health Care which will be funded from […]

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TRANSFORM PHILHEALTH INTO A PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE CORPORATION – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara has calls on  government to make sure that all those involved in the “ghost” dialysis scandal hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will not go unpunished. “We need some punitive measures–we need to punish those who are guilty–as well as preventive measures para hindi na maulit,” Angara said. The seasoned legislator, […]

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TOBACCO TAX HIKE TO PLUG FUNDING GAP FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAM – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara said government will be in a better position to fill the massive funding gap for the universal health care (UHC) program with the passage of the tobacco excise tax hike bill. “With the approval by both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the bill seeking higher tobacco excise taxes, we […]

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SENATE APPROVES TOBACCO TAX HIKE BILL

The Senate has approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to increase the excise taxes on tobacco products in a bid to reduce smoking among Filipinos and generate additional funds for the government’s Universal Health Care program. With 20 affirmative votes and no negative vote, the upper chamber passed Senate Bill No. 2233 […]