THE Quezon City Council approved a resolution expressing support to Senate Bill No. 1458 or the Universal Healthcare for all Filipinos Act.
City Resolution SP 7605-2018, introduced by Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar, states that the proposed measure makes it possible for every Filipino to enjoy the benefits of a universal health care where preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health services are guaranteed for everyone.
The bill, authored by Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, is an amendment to Republic Act No. 7875, known as the National Insurance Health Care Act of 1995, and it is also a counterpart of House Bill No. 5784 or the Universal Health Coverage Act.
The bill encourages local government units and the private sector to fund and improve basic health care service delivery in government and private hospitals as well as health centers at the community level.
In Quezon City, a community-based Mental Health Care Program of 2015 has been approved under Mayor Herbert Bautista’s administration.
The program aims to provide available, accessible, affordable and equitable quality mental health care and services to the constituents of the city especially the poor, underserved, and high-risk populations.