The Department of Health on Friday ended its fourth Public Consultation on the drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11223 otherwise known as Universal Health Care Act, according to Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.
Duque said the collaborative dialogue among representatives from Regions VI, VII and VIII was held July 10-11, 2019. It aimed to clarify provisions of the law and seek inputs for the UHC IRR.
Upon signing of the law by President Rodrigo Duterte last February, the DOH was tasked to draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the said Act within 180 days after its enactment into law which will define its operationalization.
“To ensure that 106-million Filipinos in 7000+ islands benefit from the UHC reform the soonest, we need to make sure that first, Filipinos know what to expect, and second, the implementers [health care providers, managers, and stewards]have a clear idea of how to implement this gargantuan task,” said Duque.
The health chief said this is only possible if we have Implementing Rules and Regulation that provide utmost CLARITY on all sections of the law.
He added that it is essential to make the process of drafting the IRR inclusive so we can hear the voices of the public and the different sectors of the society.