Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Dream: Universal Health Care in the Philippines

10 years from now, if the average Filipino were in need of health care, what would they receive?

We’ve always been told that health is a basic human right… or at least it says so in our constitution. However, why is it that health care seems to be beyond the reach of most Filipinos?

The answer: Universal Health Care (UHC)—having the ability to provide quality health care that is “efficient, accessible, equitably distributed, adequately funded, fairly financed and directed in conjunction with an informed and empowered public.” It is the system that delivers health services tailored to respond to the needs of the patient—at the time they need it and in the facility that is accessible to them. Money shouldn’t even matter because out-of-pocket payments become a thing of the past.

Wouldn’t it be something if health care was based on our needs than on our capability to pay? Imagine having a street vendor who is provided with the same quality of care given to a president of a multi-national corporation. Yes, a one standard care for all. It’s possible with Universal Health Care.

Wouldn’t that be something indeed.


Learn more about Universal Health Care in our country's setting -- its necessity, its path and its struggles -- from its pioneers. Join the National Medical Students' Conference 2011 today. Click here for more information. 

1 comment:

  1. The thing is, we all need to know our human rights, most especially for our health. Imagine if there's a universal health care in our country. It'll definitely be great for us.

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