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DOH convenes stakeholders in Southern Luzon, NCR for Universal Health Care Law

May 9, 2019 @ 8:40

The Department of Health (DOH) recently held a dialogue with patient groups and civil society organizations (CSOs) based in Metro Manila and Southern Luzon in light of the passage of the Universal Health Care Law.

The eighth Policy Dialogue on Universal Healthcare (UHC) and Access to Medicines (ATM) aims to increase health literacy among health stakeholders.

“This engagement with the patients is one way of ensuring that no one is left behind in our desire to see better health outcomes among our people, and that all Filipinos have access to curative, rehabilitative, and palliative care, making our vision of Filipinos being among the healthiest people in Southeast Asia by 2040 a reality,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

The one-day event served as an avenue for the DOH to discuss its current flagship program: the FOURmula One Plus for Health, as well as to update the patients on its current directives and strategies, including the UHC Law, FOURmula 1+ Botika ng Bayan (F1+ BnB), Maximum Drug Retail Price, Philippine National Formulary System, Integrated Cancer Control Act, Mental Health Act, Rare Disease Act and drug pricing and access issues.

The Policy Dialogue on UHC and ATM was hosted by the DOH in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Division and the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) Philippines,

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