The Philippine government recently allocated thrice the usual allocation to subsidize the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) premiums for indigent Filipino families under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction. This totals 13.9 billion Pesos as part of the 1.8 trillion Pesos General Appropriations Act of 2012.
The fresh funds should increase access of more marginalized families to health care services, which includes reduced health care costs for underprivileged families so that they can also meet their other basic necessities in life.
House Assistant Majority Leader Congressman Eduardo Gullas also said another 1.9 billion Pesos will provide vaccination (next year) to 2.6 million children aged 0-15 months as part of the Expanded Immunization Program which is expected to further reduce infant mortality and morbidity due to diseases.
Source: The Mindanao Examiner
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