By Hannah Torregoza
On Monday, the Senate approved a draft law seeking to institutionalize a nationally integrated cancer control program approved in the third and final country.
Senator Bill No. 1850 or Senator Joseph Victor çekim JV Kontrol The ğ National Integrated Cancer Control Act Kontrol proposed under the sponsorship of Ejercito was approved with 18 positive votes, zero negative votes and no abstention.
Ejercito, chairman of the Senate committee on health and demography, said the measure aimed at addressing the various gaps in cancer care and integrating policies and programs for prevention, detection, correct diagnosis, treatment and palliative care, pain management and survival or the end of life. .
Ejercito said, uy Through the National Integrated Cancer Control Act, we can give cancer patients an option, we can give them hope – we hope they can provide a fair and cost-effective cancer treatment and care for especially unlucky and marginal Filipinos. E
Referring to government records, Ejercito stated that cancer is the third largest cause of adult deaths in the Philippines and is fourth in child mortality.
According to the deputy, the Ministry of Health (DOH) estimated up to 8 new cases per day and up to seven deaths per day for death and adult cancer for childhood cancer up to 8 days. It accounts for approximately 110,000 new cancer cases each year and a figure of more than 66,000 cancer deaths.
A recent study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has also shown that the mortality rate among the poor is quite high.
The IARC study reported that a large number of deaths among cancer patients are attributed to poor health systems, limited access to quality cancer care, and in part to late diagnosis of common cancers.
Or Certainly, cancer has become a global health threat and incidence rates are increasing. The study estimates that more than 6.7 million people develop the disease in 2012 and that this will increase by about 60 percent and 10.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the next 14 years.
Senator Juan Edgardo, co-promoter of the measure & Sonny için Angara praised the approval of this measure by the Senate, as the Filipino families of cancer have attracted even more poverty.
In a study by George Health for Global Health, Angara stated that the majority of 908 Filipino cancer patients who participated in the study experienced economic problems.
Ilişkili The associated costs of screening and treatment are disastrous. Given the economic burden is overwhelming, ”said Angara in her sponsorship speech.
”This draft law will set up the National Integrated Cancer Control Council, which will not only provide comprehensive, accessible and cost-effective cancer treatments for all cancer patients, but will also work to minimize the incidence of preventable cancer cases,“ he said. stressful.
The bill also aims to extend the aid packages under the Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth) to include screening, detection, diagnosis, treatment assistance, supportive care, survival follow-up care and rehabilitation, and end-of-life care. All types and stages of cancer in both adults and children.
Angara reported that PhilHealth currently has packages that provide leukemia, breast and prostate cancer treatments, but they are limited and include only about 11 percent of total health expenditure.
Once transposed into law, all Health Care Organizations (HMOs) will be asked to cover genetic counseling and testing, cancer screening, diagnostics, and palliative care.
According to the draft, the absence of cancer related to the work of member workers and voluntary members will be covered by the social security system (CNS) sickness benefits and disability rights of the State Service Insurance System (GSIS).
The Draft also encourages the support of people who benefit from cancer and who are undergoing the necessary treatment and care in cooperation with other relevant institutions.
It will also establish the Philippine Cancer Center (PCC) for the treatment and accommodation of cancer patients under the control and supervision of the Philippine-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) University.
PCC also initiates research in collaboration with other universities, hospitals and institutions for cancer prevention and treatment. The scheme also provides the creation of regional cancer centers nationwide for the treatment and care of cancer patients.
The Center will also support and support the training of physicians, nurses, medical technicians, pharmacists, health officials and social workers in good practice models for delivering sensitive, multidisciplinary, integrated cancer services.
The measure also requires the establishment of the Cancer Aid Fund to support the cancer medicine and treatment program. The fund should provide patients with cancer drugs and cancer control vaccines continuously.