President Aquino has signed RA 10606 or the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, a law providing mandatory health care for all Filipinos.
President Benigno Aquino III achieved another milestone for the benefit of all Filipinos after singing Republic Act 10606 or the National Health Insurance Act of 2013 that aims to provide mandatory health care for all Filipinos and health care coverage for the indigent and abandoned children, with the national government subsidizing their premium contributions.
The law amended the Republic Act 7875 or the National Health Insurance Act of 1995, Section 6 which previously said that national health insurance program “shall not be made compulsory in certain provinces and cities.”
It mandates a national health insurance program (NHIP) as the means for the healthy to help pay for the care of the sick and for those who can afford medical care to subsidize those who cannot.
Additionally, the law mandates that it shall be compulsory for all provinces, cities and municipalities but notwithstanding the existence of LGU-based health insurance programs.
The law states that the program “shall be compulsory in all provinces, cities and municipalities nationwide, notwithstanding the existence of LGU-based health insurance programs” adding that the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, the DOH, LGUs and other agencies and NGOs “shall ensure that members in such localities shall have access to quality and cost-effective health care services.”
Bacolod City Representative Anthony Golez said that the RA 10606 will ensure that all Filipinos, especially the poorest of the poor, will get health insurance coverage from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Golez is one of the principal authors of RA 10606.