Target: President Benigno Aquino
Goal: Applaud government for ensuring its citizens’ rights to wellness by providing them with financial protection through mandatory national health insurance.
President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines has recently signed the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, providing health care benefits for all Filipinos regardless of health conditions or inability to pay. Without national health insurance, the cost of medical care is high in the Philippines and therefore unavailable to those who cannot pay for it. In the absence of insurance coverage, more people would go into debt or go untreated and die.
Many conditions are treatable with access to adequate healthcare. People who are underinsured often suffer from illnesses that are debilitating without proper treatment, which leads to higher rates of unemployment and poverty. The National Health Insurance Act of 2013 provides financial protection for Filipinos and improves the quality of their lives, allowing them to be productive and have their pain and other symptoms treated or managed once they are able to receive the medical treatment they need.
The new National Health Insurance Act, which amends PhilHealth laws, has a humanistic and prosocial goal of serving the poorest of poor, abandoned children, people with disabilities, and those who are not regularly employed. The Act accomplishes this by making the insurance program compulsory in all provinces, cities, and municipalities, giving all citizens a right to benefits. People with higher incomes will also end up paying lower prices for otherwise expensive medical services under the new law since the government will subsidize their premium contributions. All Filipinos will be entitled to the same primary care benefits with more benefit packages available for cases requiring specialized treatments including cancer and organ transplants in enlisted hospitals.
Praise the Philippines for amending PhilHealth law to ensure that the health department, local government units, and other agencies provide all citizens with access to quality and cost-effective healthcare services.
Dear President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines,
I would like to commend you for signing the National Health Insurance Act of 2013 which ensures access to quality and cost-effective health services for all citizens of your country. Mandatory health insurance leaves nobody behind and serves the most overlooked and vulnerable members of society including disabled persons, children, and the very poor. Those with higher incomes are also able to benefit from the new law which has expanded social services to include increased insurance coverage for transplants, catastrophic injuries, and chemotherapy.
Access to affordable healthcare improves the health and financial standing of each individual citizen, in addition to the Philippines’ prosperity as a whole. We hope your country reaps the benefits of healthier and more productive citizens, and we hope they enjoy the peace of mind that access to a national health insurance program brings.
[Your Name Here]
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