Lacson eyes UHC implementation by 2024

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Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act in Negros Occidental is planned for 2024.

Hopefully, by then, the budget will have been downloaded into the province, Lacson said during the Universal Health Care summit held at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City.

Dr. Renato Limsiaco, Senior Vice President, Special Assignment on UHC Administration of PhilHealth Insurance Corp., said that if the province must enroll its entire population of 2.6 million in primary health care alone, it will require billions of pesos in funding, on top of PhilHealth hospital reimbursements. (

Negros Occidental currently has 19 health care facilities, with six more applying for accreditation.

To avail of UHC funds, the Negros Occidental provincial government and the 31 LGUs must set up the Integrated Local Health System and come up with a management integration system.

Lacson admitted that Negros Occidental is still “very far off” from the ideal situation under the UHC Act.

“Right now, we have the whole 2023 to do our assignment, in order to enjoy the benefits of the UHC Act,” the governor said.