Ray Reyes

AnaKalusugan cites WHO report during Batangas medical mission

April 13, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 319 views

ANAKALUSUGAN Party-list Rep. Ray T. Reyes has renewed his call for free medical checkups after a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that almost 800 million people in the Western Pacific region, including the Philippines, do not have full access to basic health services.

“We should take this report seriously. As much as we celebrate the gains of our Universal Healthcare Law (UHC), we should also take note of how we can further enhance our health services to the public,” Reyes said.

The solon made the call during a medical mission that his group conducted recently in Nasugbu, Batangas.

According to WHO, two in five people in the region still cannot avail themselves of at least one essential health service like immunization, pregnancy and newborn care, as well as treatments for communicable and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The lawmaker said it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that this gap is filled by making healthcare accessible to the public.

“Marami pa po ang hindi naaabot ng ating health services lalo na sa mga kanayunan. The report only reinforces our call to include Free Annual Check Ups in UHC,” Reyes said.

“In doing so we could take great strides in disease prevention, as Filipinos would be encouraged to seek medical advice regularly, reassured that this would not lessen their resources for other equally important expenses such as food and education,” he added.

Reyes had earlier called on the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) to include free medical checkups in the amendments to UHC.

He filed House Bill (HB) No. 430, which aims to establish a program that provides Filipinos with free annual check-ups including, but not limited to, blood sugar and cholesterol tests.

“Once our free Annual Medical Check Up Bill is embodied in the amendments to the UHC Law, it will help institutionalize programs like the Philhealth’s Konsulta Program and provide better care to Filipinos,” Reyes