CamSur Rep. Andaya pushes more benefits for ‘barrio’ doctors
Camarines Sur 1st District Rep. Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. has filed a bill seeking to grant additional incentives to doctors serving in the rural areas.
The former budget secretary said this will encourage more doctors to work in remote areas where there is a serious lack of medical workers and health care programs.
Andaya noted that doctors, especially the young ones, prefer to work in urban areas or abroad because of more attractive compensation and benefits.
“The grant of these financial incentives and benefits will attract, recruit and retain rural physicians across the country and make serving as a healthcare professional in the areas attractive and motivating,” the Bicol lawmaker explained.
In filing House Bill 5725, Andaya suggested that rural doctors be given subsistence allowance which is equivalent to the meals they take while on duty.
He added they should also be granted a “rural relocation incentive” for their lodging needs and tuition fee subsidy and stipends to continue their medical education.
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