Indigents and persons with disabilities will get health care insurance coverage, under the new law amending the National Health Insurance Act of 1995.
President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Republic Act 10606 on June 19, Malacanang reported on Friday.
The law mandates comprehensive health care services to all Filipinos through a socialized health insurance program.
Given priority are the health care needs of the underprivileged, sick, elderly, persons with disabilities (PWDs), women and children and provide free health care services to indigents.
Under the law, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Department of Health (DOH), local government units (LGUs), and other agencies including non-governmental organizations and other national government agencies must see to it that members in localities are given access to quality and cost-effective health care services.
The law creates a Joint Congressional Oversight Committee to conduct a regular review of the NHIP to evaluate its performance, impact or accomplishments with respect to its objectives or goals.
The National Economic and Development Authority, in coordination with the National Statistics Office and the National Institutes of Health of the University of the Philippines shall undertake studies to validate the accomplishments of the Program.