Senator Jinggoy Estrada Pushes for Dialysis Centers in Public Hospitals

Senator Jinggoy Estrada has filed a bill that would require all public hospitals in the country to establish dialysis centers for patients with kidney diseases. The bill, known as the Dialysis Center Act, aims to ease the financial and logistical burdens of patients who need regular dialysis, especially those from rural areas.

Estrada said that most of the advanced medical facilities and equipment are located in urban centers, forcing patients from the provinces to travel long distances and incur high costs. He added that the dialysis centers in public hospitals would offer free services to indigent patients.

The bill mandates that all national, regional, and provincial government hospitals should have a dialysis center with complete machine, equipment, and supplies within two years from its enactment. The funding for the centers would be included in the annual national budget.

Estrada cited data from the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) that show the alarming rise of kidney disease cases in the country. He said that kidney diseases are the seventh leading cause of death among Filipinos, and that one Filipino develops chronic renal failure every hour.

He urged the policymakers, healthcare providers, and the public to become more aware of the situation and take action to address it. He said that by setting up dialysis centers in public hospitals, the impact of kidney diseases on individuals and society could be reduced.

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