FEB.

6, 2013

NR # 3007B

Free dialysis treatment in all government hospitals and health centers urged A lawmaker has filed a measure that would provide free dialysis treatment to indigent patients in government hospitals and health centers nationwide. Rep. Roger Mercado (Lone District, Southern Leyte) authored House Bill 6784 as he noted that a large number of kidney patients who are in need of dialysis treatment are poor and cannot afford the expensive medical procedure. “The number of people who are suffering from kidney diseases has shown an alarming trend. The sad thing to note is that a large number of kidney patients are in need of dialysis treatment which in most cases is unaffordable to the patient,” Mercado said. “The State cannot turn a blind eye on the sad fate of those who cannot afford a dialysis treatment,” Mercado stressed. Under the measure, all government hospitals and health centers nationwide shall provide free dialysis to all patients in need of such treatment. The measure shall bring the dialysis treatment to the rural health centers to make it affordable and accessible to patients from rural areas. “The provision of free dialysis treatment will make health services available to our people,” Mercado said. The Department of Health shall include in its annual budget the funds that will be needed for the implementation of this Act. The Act shall take effect fifteen days after its publication in the official gazette or in at least two newspapers of general circulation. (30) jsc

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