Free health care at doorstep

March 17, 2019

Ang Probinsyano Partylist aims to bring public health care to every family’s doorstep.

THE Ang Probinsyano Partylist has vowed free health care at every Filipino family’s doorstep the moment it gains a seat at the House of Representatives.

“The health and well-being of the ordinary Filipino family is at the forefront of our agenda,” Ang Probinsyano Party List (AP-PL) nominee and health advocate Edward Delos Santos said.

Delos Santos said Filipino families, especially those living in the provinces, should benefit from personalized health care services brought to their doorstep by a local health care worker.

“Imagine if each Filipino family gets a visit from a well-trained nurse or a midwife regularly,” Delos Santos said. “They wouldn’t even have to get out of the house to get medical care. No need to take days off from work or school for check up. The health of each family member is monitored carefully, and diseases prevented from getting worse.”

Delos Santos explained this type of health care system has done wonders in Cuba, which, like the Philippines, is a developing country. He said the Cuban health care system was cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a model for the world as it managed to achieve first-world health statistics using the principle of preventive medicine. Under the system, dedicated health workers regularly visit households to monitor the families’ health to prevent them getting sick.

“An ounce of prevention really is better than a pound of cure,” Delos Santos said. “Think of the savings the government can have when less people going to the hospital. It’s also great for businesses. When workers are healthy, they’re more productive. It’s good for the economy.”

President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the Universal Health Care Act, which automatically enrolls all Filipinos under the National Health Insurance Program and grants every Filipino “immediate eligibility” and access to preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services.

Delos Santos said part of AP-PL’s agenda would be to ensure that the implementation of the law would be patterned after the Cuban health system. If elected to Congress, AP-PL will push for ensuring that all barangays assign barangay health workers and nurses to do free house-to-house check-ups on a regular basis.