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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Ejercito: Universal Health Care IRR drafting on the right track

REELECTIONIST Senator JV Ejercito revealed the completion of “preliminaries” in the ongoing drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Universal Health Care law (UHC).

Ejercito, who spearheaded the UHC, said the discussion of four main components of the law have already been completed at the Technical Working Group level.

The components are the Local Health Systems, Health Financing, Governance, and Regulations and Service Delivery.

“I am happy because things are going well in the drafting of the IRR. As soon as the document is finished and the law is already operational, our people will finally be ‘freed’ from financial stress when seeking primary, curative, and palliative services,” he said in a radio interview.

He added, “I hope we can have the IRR by June, or July at the latest.”

The next stage of the process is the consolidation of the components and refinement of the final draft for approval of the Department of Health and PhilHealth.

“Then, the IRR will be published, and that’s it. Filipinos will already benefit from the Universal Health Care,” Ejercito said.

President Duterte last February signed into law Republic Act No. 11223, otherwise known as “Universal Health Care Act.”

The UHC ensures that all Filipinos are guaranteed equitable access to quality and affordable health care goods and services, and protected against financial risk. (TDE)


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