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Bill proposes nationwide referral system to hospitals

By on June 22, 2021 0

MANILA – A national referral and referral system that will strengthen the provision of a health care delivery system is contained in Bill 9633, which aims to institutionalize and expand the scope of the ordering system. ‘just one hospital.

With the establishment of the National Patient Referral and Referral System (NPNRS), patients can navigate through different levels of the healthcare system, the bill said, which was sent to the media on Tuesday.

Quezon 4th District representative Angelina Tan, who tabled the bill on Monday, said the measure would be linked to Malasakit centers nationwide to ensure protection against financial risks, especially for indigent patients. and financially incapable.

The NPNRS is designed to support, strengthen and facilitate the health service delivery of primary care providers acting as navigator, coordinator and initial and ongoing point of contact in the health care delivery system according to the law of the Republic # 11223, otherwise known as the Universal Health Care Act.

“With its institutionalization, the NPNRS is designed to redefine and reform the nature of the Philippine health delivery system to become more responsive and towards greater equity, accessibility and quality,” said Tan.

Under Secretary of Health and Covid-19 Treatment Czar Leopoldo Vega said earlier that the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) should serve as a “coordinated reference for all” nationwide as the country continues to fight the pandemic.

OHCC is currently facilitating a comprehensive and coordinated response to the Covid-19 pandemic by providing effective and efficient referral to a health facility in Metro Manila to reduce patient wait times by referring them to the hospital. appropriate health facility.

Under the bill, the NPNRS will support and strengthen province-wide and city-wide health care provider networks across the country.

It will facilitate coordination between local government units, hospitals, infirmaries, other health facilities, telehealth service providers, local and national government agencies to maximize the use of limited health resources and improve access to quality health services for patients.

It will also serve as a guide to orient patients as well as a gatekeeper to ensure a rational and efficient use of existing health resources; and interconnect and facilitate communication between hospitals, infirmaries, other health facilities, telehealth service providers, local and national government agencies to improve access to quality health services for patients.

Tan said the bill will strengthen OHCC’s continued efforts to facilitate medical transportation and patient care arrangements, provide health system capacity data analytics and risk communications, and optimize the use of intensive care services of each hospital not only in Metro Manila but country.

This will be made possible through the establishment of regional referral and referral units, which will serve as the NPNRS implementation arm in all regions. (ANP)

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