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    Bill regulating Phl hospitals passed

    The House Committee on Health has approved a bill strengthening the regulation of hospitals and other health facilities and services in the country.
    Rep. Eufranio Eriguel of La Union Province said the bill would address the increasing cost of health services and regulate the licensing of health facilities.
    "Health care must not only be accessible to the people, it must also be affordable to everyone especially to the lowest income group," Eriguel said.
    Rep. JC Rahman Nava of Guimaras Province and one of the authors of House Bill 4000 said the measure will create the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services (BHFS) under the Department of Health, which will act as the regulatory agency for the regulation and licensing of health facilities and services in the country.
    The bill seeks to repeal Republic Act 4226, otherwise known as the Hospital Licensure Act.
    Rep. Angelina Tan of Quezon Province and another author of the bill, said the measure should expand and strengthen the regulation of health facilities in order to ensure the safety and quality of the health care facilities.
    Tan said the dramatic changes and improvement in the field of health care during the past decades have led to the emergence and development of new types of health care facilities.
    "We can see new types of health facilities such as diagnostic and rehabilitative centers unlike before when there were only hospitals and clinics. A number of different types of facilities do not anymore qualify under the regulatory mandate of the Department of Health," Tan said.
    Under the measure, all public and private health facilities or related facilities which provide diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, and other health care services shall be registered and duly licensed by the BHFS before they are allowed to operate.
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