PhilHealth

Telltale signs that health care in the Philippines is not universal

October 5, 2020

COMMENTARY BY CASEY SALAMANCA

By hyping UHC, government pays lip service to the Filipino people’s right to health. The right to health pertains to a person’s overall well-being.

Spend on Public Health

September 29, 2020

INFOPOST

While PhilHealth gets the second biggest chunk of the health budget, households still shoulder over half of health expenses.

PhilHealth Failure

September 22, 2020

The second biggest chunk of the proposed 2021 health budget, or Php71.4 billion, goes to PhilHealth. While noting recent corruption controversies in the agency, it is difficult to reconcile the unchanged budget with increasing health expenses of Filipinos.

Beyond capacity and overwhelming incompetence

July 19, 2020

BY MARICAR PIEDAD

The Duterte administration must act now and prevent the health system from collapsing and the Filipino people from succumbing to both the pandemic and poverty.

COVID-19 and the Philippine Healthcare System

March 20, 2020

BY JOSE LORENZO LIM

Earlier this year amid the growing threat of the COVID-19 virus, DOH Secretary Duque said that the Philippines does not have a weak healthcare system. But is the country’s health system really “not weak” and ready for this pandemic?

Sin taxes, UHC to fund privatization of health services–IBON

June 1, 2019

Research group IBON said that government must allot a higher budget for public health services rather than fund private health providers through the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act. Also known as Republic Act (RA) 11223, the UHC Act ostensibly aims to provide all Filipinos with promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services “without causing […]

Heed Cuba lessons, boost public health care, DOH urged

September 9, 2016

  Research group IBON said that Filipinos will benefit if the government adopts Cuba’s model of a state-run health care system. The group stressed that people’s access to this social service is becoming more limited by Philippine health services being increasingly run by the private sector for profit. Department of Health (DOH) officials recently toured […]

Hindi lumingon–a second look? The economics of the Duterte administration

May 14, 2016

by Sonny Africa IBON FEATURES – Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte projected a vastly different image from the other presidential candidates and indeed from every national politician the Philippines has ever had: coarse, cussing, irreverent, misogynistic, an unrepentant human rights violator, and a self-proclaimed “Socialist” and “Leftist”. But, never mind, the strongman was effective and got […]