“e-Health System and Services Act” approved on final reading by Lower House

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THE House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the proposed “e-Health System and Services Act.”

In a vote of 197-0, the Lower House ratified House Bill 10245 that proposes the creation of a Philippine Electronic Health o e-Health System and Services to strengthen the implementation and success of the Universal Health Care Act, also known as Republic Act 11223.

According to the bill’s proponents, the e-Health system is vital especially in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide the public with broader access to quality and accurate information.

Pushing for the e-Health bill also ensures equitable provision of health services, especially those living in “geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas” and poor Filipinos.

Once enacted into law, an independent body called the e-Health Policy and Coordination Council will be created and will be responsible in the crafting of guidelines and other policies for the effective implementation of the e-Health system.

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