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A ‘special health fund’ for public health institutions in Cagayan de Oro City is seen to boost City Hall’s implementation of Republic Act 11223 or the Universal Health Care Act, an administration councilor said yesterday.
“I thank the 20th City Council for approving the ‘Special Health Fund’, which is a trust fund. Unlike before when there was (a) separate (fund allocation) for the (city-owned) JR Borja General Hospital, the City Health Office, etc., this (centralized) trust fund can (allocate and support of these institutions. ),” said Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane last Wednesday in the ‘Ang Inong Konseho Karon’ program managed by the City Information Office.
According to Gaane under this setup, the funds provided by Pagcor and PhilHealth and other grants will be placed in the centralized special health fund.
“The fund will be managed by the mayor of the city together with the Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Governments, and other relevant agencies,” said the councilor.
Gaane, who chairs the 20th City Council’s health services and health insurance committee, said this is a ‘huge fund’ that will provide support to the city’s health care system due to the city’s designation as one of the 55 pilots. country site for the Universal Health Care Act.
“Unlike in the past when the budget of JRBGH or CHO was used up for medicines, this ‘trust fund’ can provide support,” he said.
Gaane said City Hall is leveling up its efforts to implement the Universal Health Care Act despite the delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Despite the difficulties, I thank the City Hall under Mayor (Rolando) Uy that we have installed seven consultation service providers where the latest one is in Barangay Tablon,” he said.
These consultation providers or ‘E-Konsulta’ centers will also conduct profiling of each patient they serve in order to establish a database for the health care referral system in the city, explained Gaane.
“Eventually years from now, the government will tighten the implementation of the health care work in such a way that patients will usually be referred to hospitals in the areas where they are profiled,” he said. (Stephen Capillas of the City Information Office)
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