Bill OK'd to Regulate Health Facilities, Services

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Bill OK'd to Regulate Health Facilities, Services


By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The House Committee on Health has approved a substitute bill seeking to strengthen the regulation of health facilities and services in the country.

Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan disclosed that her panel passed the bill, which is in substitution of House Bills 542, 893, and 1646. The bill seeks to ensure the quality and safety of healthcare facilities in both private and public hospitals.

"I conducted my committee hearing and we approved one important piece of legislation, the Strengthening of Rehab Facilities and Regulatory Services, so dire-diretso po yung trabaho ko sa committee ko as chairperson of the Committee on Health (my work as chairperson of the Committee on Health continues), " she said.

The bill calls for the establishment of the Bureau of Health Facilities and Regulatory Services (BHFRS), which shall be under the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH).

During the hearing on Wednesday, the Tan panel finetuned the essence and language of some provisions to ensure clarity and proper delineation of functions among the BHFRS and other concerned agencies.

The panel agreed to grant the Bureau the authority to review and approve the construction designs, in terms of layout, for all health facilities, subject to the existing standards of the DOH.

The committee also decided to remove the requirement to secure a Certificate of Need (CON) prior to the construction of hospitals.

"In fact, we encourage the private sectors to put up more facilities para accessible to the public, and even for the government [sectors]. …

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