Philippine health system

The spiteful fangs of Putol

November 17, 2023

Little did I know that my run-in with Putol would put me through the stresses of the Philippine health system.

Under the knife: the 2024 health budget

September 8, 2023

FEATURE

The 2024 proposed health budget reflects the Marcos Jr administration’s utter neglect of public health.

WHO is committed to whom?

April 26, 2023

FEATURES

The World Health Organization is supposed to be the lead global institution for health. But it is too easily influenced by powerful HICs and big private institutions in the programs they implement. The COVID-19 vaccine profits they raked in are just the most recent example of this.

In 2021: Poorest Regions, Least Healthworkers

April 19, 2023

The country’s health worker distribution for 2021 showed none of the regions met the SDG recommended ratio of 44.5 HRH per 10k population. Furthermore, it exposed health worker disparity in poorer regions, making health care less accessible to Filipinos who may need it more.

Philippines’ Declining Healthworker Ratio

April 19, 2023

Not only did the country’s regions fail to reach the SDG index threshold ratio of Human Resources for Health (HRH) per 10,000 population; the country’s HRH ratio has also been declining since 2016.

Underperforming PhilHealth favored over public services in gov’t health budget – IBON

September 21, 2022

The Marcos Jr administration’s proposed 2023 budget neglects direct health services and programs that are accessible for ordinary Filipinos. Instead, it’s choosing to allot even more funds for health privatization and the underperforming PhilHealth.

Chronically ailing PH public health system under Duterte

April 7, 2022

FEATURES

Duterte has not taken significant measures that will strengthen the public health system and make health services accessible and equitable to the Filipino people.

Duterte administration’s shift to MECQ meaningless without urgent COVID-19 steps

August 20, 2021

The government has announced the easing of community quarantines. But new cases are still rising and there are no signs of government taking additional measures to fix the health system during the last two weeks of stricter lockdowns. If the health system is as weak as ever, what’s our way out of the pandemic?