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The Department of Health (DOH) commends the bicameral conference committee’s approval of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill which seeks to provide affordable health care to all Filipinos. The bicameral committee is composed of lawmakers from both Senate and the House of Representatives which act as the final arbitrator for opposing provisions of a proposed law.

“The Bicameral Conference Committee approval of the Universal Healthcare Bill is continued positive news for all Filipinos. I applaud this progress and commend all members of the Senate and Congress involved for getting this done. The UHC will bring the much needed reform of our healthcare system and provide every Filipino a quality and affordable healthcare each one deserves,” Health Secretary Dr. Francisco T. Duque III stated.

The Universal Healthcare bill when enacted to law will catalyze reform of the healthcare system in the Philippines, particularly strengthening primary care services, through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

President Rodrigo R. Duterte also signified his support during his 3rd State of the Nation Address by ensuring adequate funding through the Department of Health (DOH) annual budget, Revenues from sin taxes, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (50% of the national government’s share), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (40% of the fund, net of documentary stamp tax payments and mandatory contributions) and PhilHealth members’ contributions.

The bill’s reconciled version came following approved Senate Bill No. 1896 and House Bill No. 5784. Both the upper and lower houses now have to ratify the reconciled version of the bill before it can be signed into law by the President.

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