5 UHC humps stall bicam | Daily Tribune – Without Fear or Favor

Mallari, M. (2018, November 20). 5 UHC humps stall bicam. Daily Tribune – Without Fear or Favor. Retrieved March 19, 2019 from https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2018/11/20/5-uhc-humps-stall-bicam/

5 UHC humps stall bicam
By Mario J. Mallari – November 20, 2018 12:05 AM

Five contentious issues held up the bicameral conference committee in crafting a reconciled version of the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill yesterday.

Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography and sponsor of the UHC bill, said while he really wanted to have the measure passed immediately, he would not resort to haste to guarantee the crafting of the best version of the proposed law.

“We want to make sure that if ever we pass the UHC… we will pass the best version. There is no room to commit mistakes,” Ejercito added.

Among the sticking points in the debates on the bill concern the contribution from members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth.

“The Senate, particularly Sen. Ralph Recto, wanted to give incentives to the contributing members, so that they will be motivated to continue paying,” Ejercito said.

Solidarity clause

The House of Representatives, on the other hand, is pushing for a “solidarity” provision wherein all benefits should be equal for non-paying and paying members.

Ejercito said Recto raised the possibility the collection of PhilHealth might suffer if such provision is adopted.

“The idea is good, but the reality, says Senator Recto, is that when contributory members learn that they will receive equal benefits as the non-paying ones, meaning whatever benefits or privileges enjoyed by paying members will be received by non-paying, then the collection might fall,” Ejercito said.

More hearings set

Ejercito said he would not mind holding two or three more bicameral conference meetings before passing the UHC bill, which is designed to provide free quality health services to all Filipinos.

“We will have to compromise… We want to make sure that PhilHealth will be financially healthy in the coming years, so that we can realize this goal of providing quality health care for every Filipino,” Ejercito said.

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