The Philippine Star

Pharma wants big­ger bud­get for UHC

- By MAYEN JAYMALIN

The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try wants a higher bud­get for the Uni­ver­sal Health Care (UHC) Law to cover cost of medicines for poor pa­tients.

While ex­press­ing sup­port for the Depart­ment of Health (DOH)’s ef­forts to re­duce cost of medicines, the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and Health­care As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (PHAP) said the en­deavor is not enough.

PHAP pres­i­dent Teodoro Padilla said they would seek a meet­ing with Health

Sec­re­tary Fran­cisco Duque III to har­mo­nize their ef­forts to lower medicine prices in the coun­try.

“We hope to dis­cuss ex­ist­ing high-im­pact pa­tient as­sis­tance pro­grams by in­di­vid­ual PHAP mem­bers that give free screen­ing and di­ag­nos­tic tests, ed­u­ca­tion and coun­sel­ing and spe­cial medicine pric­ing for pa­tients to lower to­tal treat­ment cost,” Padilla said in a state­ment.

He added that the PHAP shares the same ob­jec­tive with the DOH to lower medicine prices and make health care more ac­ces­si­ble to all Filipinos.

“We are reach­ing out to the gov­ern­ment as a part­ner so that it does not have to re­sort to price con­trol which could be con­tentious and counter

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