Top 5 Facts You Should Know About the Philippine Healthcare System

In 2017, the Philippines ranked 60th out of 191 countries in the World Health Organization's Ranking of the World's Health System. It also ranked 120th out of 195 countries, according to a study written by B. Kritz (2017) published in the Manila Times, because of poor access to and quality of healthcare for the cure of diseases that can easily be prevented.
The result of the Global Burden Disease Study of 2015 showed that the Philippines scored a total of 52 out of 100.
The low scores came from the treatment of:
The reasonable scores came from the treatment of:
According to Oxford Business Group’s article titled The Philippine Government Expands Health Care Coverage (2018), WHO labeled the health financing system in the Philippines back in 2012 as “fragmented with insufficient government investment, inappropriate incentives from providers, weak social protection and high inequity.” But the government is continuously enhancing the health financing programs in the Philippines to secure the coverages, especially for the lower sector.

HMOs came up with micro-health plans that only cost Php 36. It targets and benefits the working force including fishermen, drivers, farmers, and laborers. Within the conditions of the health financing plans in the Philippines, doctors are prohibited to quote private rates when a patient goes beyond the maximum limit per illness/injury per year and will only charge by the contractual rate agreed upon with the HMO (The Philippine Government Expands Health Care Coverage, 2018).

The government has also launched various programs that are meant to ensure the health of its citizens, especially those in the low-income sector. One of the most well-known health programs is the National Immunization Program, which aims to provide children with the vaccines they need to avoid deadly diseases.

The Department of Health (DOH) has also launched the Adolescent Health and Development Program (AHDP) that aims to provide adolescents between ages 10 and 19 with access to quality medical facilities. The program also allows them to exercise their right to healthcare.

There is a continuous development in maternal health care and child health care in the country from 2013 to 2017. There are more satisfied demands for post-delivery care while more children are provided with proper vaccination in the previous year. These advancements have decreased the deaths of mothers and babies throughout the years. However, there needs to be an urgent response to the lack of knowledge about HIV prevention among young people.
Lastly, many diseases in the Philippines are due to lifestyle choices. Studies show there is a prevalence in illnesses, such as Tuberculosis, Dengue, Malaria, and HIV/AIDS to name a few. People’s poor lifestyle choices can also cause them to suffer from protein-energy malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Surveys show that there is also an increase in the number of obese people with heart disease because of their food and lifestyle choices.
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The Philippines might have a long way to go to perfect its healthcare system, but one great lifestyle choice you can make is to look for ways how you can secure your and your family’s health and wellness. It’s time for YOU to make the first step to achieve this because one’s healthcare should not depend on anyone else but oneself.

One thing that you can do is look for health insurance plans that suit your family's unique needs. Make sure to thoroughly study each policy before you make your decision. To help you get started, you can explore the extensive healthcare options offered by Allianz PNB Life Insurance.

Kenworthy, K. (2017).  10 Facts About Healthcare in the Philippines. The Borgen Project. Retrieved from here.

Tandon, A., Murray, C., Lauer, J. & Evans, D. (2017). Measuring Overall Health System Performance for 191 Countries.

Oxford Business Group. (2018). Philippines Government Expands Health Care Coverage. Retrieved from here.

Kritz, B. (2017). PH an ‘Underachiever’ in Health Care. The Manila Times. Retrieved from here.

Philippine Statistics Authority. (2018). Philippines National Demographic and Health Survey 2017 Key Indicators Report. Retrieved from here.