DOH Plans 28 Ambulatory Care Facilities for Enhanced Healthcare Access in the Philippines

Feb 2024

The Department of Health (DOH) aims to enhance healthcare accessibility for impoverished Filipinos by constructing 28 National Ambulatory and Urgent Care Facilities across strategic locations nationwide by 2028.

Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa highlighted the goal to alleviate congestion in regional hospitals, offering comprehensive services in family medicine, OB surgery medicine, orthopedics, endoscopy, imaging, and laboratory. These facilities, situated in areas lacking hospitals, including state colleges and universities, aim to reduce waiting times and provide free medicine to indigent patients.

The initiative aligns with the Universal Health Care Act and contributes to the DOH’s priority goals for 2024, focusing on immunization, nutrition, maternal health, tuberculosis, road safety, noncommunicable diseases, cancer, and digitalization.

(Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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