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P1-B aid for poor cancer patients

Manila, Philippines – Las Piñas Rep. Mark A. Villar filed a bill pushing for the allotment of an assistance fund for indigent cancer patients and their families.

Cancer is the third leading cause of death in the Philippines, which afflicts 189 per 100,000 Filipinos and kills four Filipinos every hour.

Latest information from the Department of Health (DoH) shows that there are 85,000 new cases of cancer annually in both males and females, and the number is expected to double within the next decade.

“As the number of cancer cases and related deaths rise in the country, an increasing number of Filipinos cannot afford the high cost of medicines and treatments. The cost of treatment is burdensome even to middle-income patients and often beyond the reach of the poor,” said Villar.

Villar’s House Bill No. 3200, once enacted into law, will implement a system of providing premium care and assistance to indigent cancer patients and their families.

Every year, the State shall automatically appropriate the amount of P1 billion to support the cancer medicine and treatment assistance program to be administered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), according to the bill.