Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona signed Administrative Order No.2012-0007 last May 28, to provide fair, just, and quality health care for the senior population, at the same time pursue financial viability of hospitals amidst economic and financial constraints.
Carmen Lubguban, Department of Health-Center for Health Development 10 (DOH-CHD 10) Senior Citizen Program Coordinator, said this will help push compliance with the law, facilitate clear understanding on the part of the providers, and allow easy access to privileges by the senior citizens.
The elderly are entitled full access to free medical and dental services, diagnostic and laboratory fees, if confined in service wards of government facilities. A 20-percent discount and VAT exemption will be given to those under the pay section of the hospital (both in- and out-patient department).
Similarly, all senior citizens shall be granted the same privilege on medical and dental services, and diagnostic and laboratory fees such as x-rays, computerized tomography scans and blood tests, including professional fees of attending doctors in all private hospitals and medical facilities.
The services shall include the use of specialized treatment rooms and equipment such as for hemodialysis and radiotherapy.
All services that are not medically necessary for treatment and diagnosis such as cosmetic surgeries, executive check up packages and physical examinations without clinical evidence of effectiveness and efficiency are not covered under the policy.
Secretary Ona also directed government hospitals in the country to establish a geriatric/senior citizens’ ward for eldely in need of hospital confinement.