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‘Di kayo talo: Helen Tan assures there are PhilHealth incentives for health workers under Universal Health Care Law

Feb 23, 2019 @ 13:51

Doctors and non-medical personnel will continue to receive incentives from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) under the Universal Health Care Law signed recently by President Rodrigo Duterte, Quezon Rep. Helen Tan said.

Tan, who chairs the House committee on health, made the assurance since Republic Act 11223 provides that income derived from PhilHealth payments “shall accrue to the Special Health Fund (SHF) to be allocated by the LGUs (local government units) exclusively for the improvement of the health system.”

Prior to the law’s passage, PhilHealth incentives are mandated by law to be given to doctors and non-medical personnel.

In a statement, Tan said that while income derived from PhilHealth payments will accrue to the SHF, the provision on the fund under RA 11223 also provides that the money will be used “for the remuneration of additional health workers as well as incentives for all health workers.”

“Based on the records of the bicameral deliberations, both panels of Congress have agreed to incorporate the details of the SHF provision in the implementing rules and regulations in order to ensure that health workers will continue to benefit from PhilHealth payments,” she said.

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