In a significant stride towards enhancing cancer care in the Philippines, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. inaugurated the Healthway Cancer Care Hospital (HCCH) in Taguig City on Friday.

Labeled as the "first hospital in the Philippines dedicated to cancer care," HCCH aims to alleviate the financial burdens faced by cancer patients, providing a beacon of hope for those grappling with the third leading cause of death in the country.

President Marcos, during the inauguration ceremony, announced a groundbreaking initiative to establish the Cancer Assistance Fund. This fund is designed to cover the costs of cancer diagnostics and laboratories not covered by PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corp.), acknowledging the financial challenges associated with cancer treatment.

"We recognize that there are great financial burdens to cancer treatment, so to ease hardships on cancer patients and provide equitable access to cancer care, we have established the cancer assistance fund," President Marcos declared.

HCCH, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and a team of leading medical professionals and oncologists, is poised to revolutionize the cancer care service industry in the Philippines. President Marcos expressed confidence that HCCH will positively reflect the country's growing potential as the leading healthcare destination in Asia.

Paolo Borromeo, President and CEO of AC Health, one of the investors in HCCH, emphasized the hospital's role in addressing the gaps in cancer care in the Philippines. With over 100,000 diagnosed cases of cancer annually and an additional 100,000 undiagnosed cases, Borromeo highlighted the hospital's commitment to providing world-class treatment at a more affordable cost.

"We built this hospital to help address these challenges," Borromeo stated, outlining HCCH's comprehensive range of cancer services, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and post-cancer care. The hospital boasts 18 chemotherapy infusion units, two linear accelerators (Linacs), and cutting-edge diagnostic and imaging machines, with a 100-bed capacity and privacy-focused four-bed wards.

HCCH's strategic expansion includes a network of five hospitals, 16 outpatient centers, over 200 clinics, and the KonsultaMD telehealth platform, catering to over three-and-a-half million subscribers. This expansive reach aims to "screen more, detect earlier, and treat better," according to Borromeo.

Furthermore, the hospital has developed four centers of excellence focused on breast cancer, colorectal cancer, head and neck cancer, and lung cancer. These centers ensure that patients receive comprehensive treatment within the hospital, streamlining the process and saving both time and effort.

The inauguration of HCCH underscores the government's commitment to universal healthcare, showcasing a strong public-private partnership to strengthen the country's healthcare system. As the first-of-its-kind cancer care institution, HCCH signifies a beacon of hope for countless Filipinos facing the challenges of cancer, emphasizing the importance of accessible and high-quality healthcare in the Philippines.


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