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Health care industry in the Philippines - statistics & facts

The health care industry is one of the important sectors of the Philippines' society. The Philippines’ spending for health is driving its stable growth over the past years, where it accounted for over four percent of the country’s GDP. Although the industry has seen stable growth, the social health care system has yet to provide more extensive health care coverage by minimizing out-of-pocket expenses. As of a recent finding, the out-of-pocket expenditure on current health expenditure has always remained at over 50 percent level.

The health care system in the Philippines

In the Philippines, a health insurance program known as the National Health Insurance Program was established by the government for all the citizens. PhilHealth, a government corporation administers this program through Republic Act (RA) 7875. Members of PhilHealth contribute premiums for the program enabling PhilHealth to subsidize their member’s medical care, beneficiaries, and the marginalized sectors such as the indigents, senior citizens, kasambahay, etc. One of the main program’s support is the No-Balance-Billing (NBB) which aims to help the marginalized sectors obtain a zero co-payment or zero out-of-pocket expenses during hospitalization. However, medicines, medical supplies, laboratories, and diagnostics were not supported by the NBB. These types of expenses were one of the highest per capita health care expenditures of Filipinos households. An average of over one thousand Philippine pesos was spent on pharmaceutical products, medical services, therapeutic services, and other medical products according to a recent finding.

Impact of a Universal Health Care in the Philippines

On February 20, 2019, the Universal Health Care Act Republic Act (RA) 11223 was signed by the Philippines’ government. The UHC Act would align PhilHealth’s enrolment process with the proposed National ID system, intensify premium collection, provide comprehensive primary care benefits and establish health care provider networks. Its most important provision by far is the guaranteed automatic health coverage inclusion of all Filipinos in the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). As of a recent finding, there were 59.1 million direct contributors registered as members of PhilHealth and 34.2 million indirect contributors.

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Health care industry in the Philippines - statistics & facts

The health care industry is one of the important sectors of the Philippines' society. The Philippines’ spending for health is driving its stable growth over the past years, where it accounted for over four percent of the country’s GDP. Although the industry has seen stable growth, the social health care system has yet to provide more extensive health care coverage by minimizing out-of-pocket expenses. As of a recent finding, the out-of-pocket expenditure on current health expenditure has always remained at over 50 percent level.

The health care system in the Philippines

In the Philippines, a health insurance program known as the National Health Insurance Program was established by the government for all the citizens. PhilHealth, a government corporation administers this program through Republic Act (RA) 7875. Members of PhilHealth contribute premiums for the program enabling PhilHealth to subsidize their member’s medical care, beneficiaries, and the marginalized sectors such as the indigents, senior citizens, kasambahay, etc. One of the main program’s support is the No-Balance-Billing (NBB) which aims to help the marginalized sectors obtain a zero co-payment or zero out-of-pocket expenses during hospitalization. However, medicines, medical supplies, laboratories, and diagnostics were not supported by the NBB. These types of expenses were one of the highest per capita health care expenditures of Filipinos households. An average of over one thousand Philippine pesos was spent on pharmaceutical products, medical services, therapeutic services, and other medical products according to a recent finding.

Impact of a Universal Health Care in the Philippines

On February 20, 2019, the Universal Health Care Act Republic Act (RA) 11223 was signed by the Philippines’ government. The UHC Act would align PhilHealth’s enrolment process with the proposed National ID system, intensify premium collection, provide comprehensive primary care benefits and establish health care provider networks. Its most important provision by far is the guaranteed automatic health coverage inclusion of all Filipinos in the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). As of a recent finding, there were 59.1 million direct contributors registered as members of PhilHealth and 34.2 million indirect contributors.

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