Hospitalization will be free next year for poor Pinoys —DOH chief

According to the Health Department chief secretary Paulyn Jean Rossel-Ubial, poor Filipinos need not worry about their hospitalization bills because these will be free in 2017.

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“There’s no need to hold any card of PhilHealth, just prove to us you are a Filipino, you are entitled to be covered by health benefits, the PhilHealth will take care of the hospital billings and other concerns.” Ubial said

According to her, is now in good financial standing after the funds being given by the Budget department.

“This is first time in [DOH] history ... President Duterte has exerted all efforts and expect changes in the next days ... poor patients will leave hospitals with no billings balance,” Ubial added.

She also cited that in 2017, there will be no more buying of medicines in government pharmacies.

Ubial said that President Duterte telling her, “Just take care of the poor, I'll take care where to find the money.” 

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