Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, expressed his support for the Department of Health’s (DOH) plan to build 28 Bagong Urgent Care and Ambulatory Services (BUCAS) nationwide by 2028.
The plan, Go said, aligns with his advocacy to help improve health care in communities and bring government services closer to the people.
BUCAS is a primary health hub offering services similar to those offered by Super Health Centers that Go has been advocating for. These facilities will offer outpatient consultations, laboratory tests, minor surgeries, and emergency care.
However, unlike Super Health Centers, which are run by local government units, BUCAS will be operated by the DOH and act as extensions of DOH hospitals.
“I commend the DOH led by Secretary Ted Herbosa for this initiative to improve our health-care system and provide more accessible and affordable health services to our fellow Filipinos. BUCAS will reduce the burden on our hospitals and ensure that no one is left behind in our quest for universal health care,” Go said.
Go added that BUCAS may partner with state universities and colleges (SUC) for personnel and training, creating more opportunities for health workers and students.
“BUCAS can also serve as venues for our health professionals and students to hone their skills and gain experience. This will also address the shortage of health workers in the country and encourage more Filipinos to pursue careers in the health sector,” Go said.
Go also highlighted the synergy between BUCAS and his other health priorities, such as the continuing operations of Malasakit Centers, establishment of more Super Health Centers, and the enactment of the Regional Specialty Centers Act in bridging the gap between government health services and Filipinos in need particularly poor and indigent patients.