NEGROS FIRST! Optimum Health Care
A nation’s health is said to be equal to the sum total of its people’s health. This is obviously because healthy people have better chances of achieving their full potential, thus they can be productive and are able to generate wealth for the country.
In early 2008, we started planning for a Negros Occidental Health Insurance Program that will primarily target the indigent segment of our population. We needed time to study the legal aspects and audit rules on the proposed program wherein LGUs will allocate four (4) percent of their Internal Revenue Allotment. We need to plan again to make the program a reality.
We will also support the continued implementation of the Hospital Reform Agenda of 2008 that seeks to upgrade the facilities and services of the provincial government-run public hospitals to avoid congestion in the Bacolod-based regional hospital and the provincial hospital in Silay City.
On public health, we will prioritize prevention, as this is less expensive and more sustainable than the curative aspect. We will also strengthen medical-surgical missions to the hard-to-reach areas to bring health services to the underserved rural people.