Over the years, healthcare in the Philippines has undergone a huge improvement, from health services going digital to the growth of medical tourism. The Philippines’ government and the private and public hospitals are working to upgrade and provide comprehensive and competitive services to their patients . Healthcare news has been trending in print and online media and here are the headline making, healthcare news you need to read.
Health Services will Go Digital
According to a report , there are 60 million smartphone users in the country and a regular Juan’s activities and communications are all done online. That’s why PhilHealth grabbed this opportunity to shift its services to a digital platform called HeyPhil with the help of the Digimed mobile app. Using the HeyPhil app, the user can browse the list of doctors for specific hospitals in their area. Which means they can secure a letter of authorization and be prioritized. The users can also secure a pre-confinement document through the app, if dictors prescribe hospitalization to skip the long queues. To download the application, just go to Playstore for android and app store for iOS users.
President Duterte to speed up the Universal Health Care Bill Passage
President Duterte urged lawmakers to prioritize the passage of the Universal Health Care Bill. He called out the Senate to speed up the approval of the bill to provide better health and free hospital coverage for Filipinos. According to Harry Roque, the version that came from includes providing Filipinos the right to health in the form of primary care availability. He added that the measure is a hybrid universal healthcare which will rename and reformat PhilHealth as Philippine Health Security Corp., a government owned corporation that will provide medical insurance. The new law includes provisions of free medicines to the patients.
Philippines: A Medical Tourism Haven
Pacific Islands, Australia, North and South America, Europe and UK, and the Gulf States. In fact, in 2015, the Philippines was number eight in the list of medical tourist destinations according to International Healthcare Research Center and Medical Tourism Association. Some of the reasons for this ranking includes: competitive price in health and wellness that are par with other rising medical tourism nations, world-class facilities & high-tech equipment, state-of-the-art hospitals, and intensive care facilities as cited in Balikbayan Media Center, and the government agencies working hand in hand to promote country’s medical tourism.
Botika ng Bayan revived by DOH
Botika ng Bayan was relaunched last July 16 after being inactive for the past seven years. The first pilot site was established in San Mariano, Isabela. According to DOH, it was revived to provide free essential medicines for common diseases that is intended to the indigent and marginalized sectors of the population. The program aims that by 2022, it will cover all the 2,600 rural health units, together with other government centers to have FDA-licensed Botika ng Bayan outlet that provides quality outpatient pharmacy services.
Mental Health Law
Last June 21, President Duterte has signed the Mental Health Law that provides affordable and accessible mental health services for Filipinos. Senator Hontiveros, the author and principal sponsor of the said bill said that no one should suffer in silence because help is finally available . The law will secure the rights and welfare of persons with mental health needs and mental health professionals. This would also provide mental health services to barangays, improve mental healthcare facilities and integrate psychiatric, psychological, and neurologic services in regional, provincial, and tertiary hospitals and promote mental health education in schools and workplaces.
Healthcare is one of the fastest developing industries right now because of factors affecting the government and the demand for wellness among Filipinos. The conversations about health is consistently trending in print and online publications. To keep track of the news affecting your industry and how these can help your company’s communications effort, contact our media monitoring specialists for a free trial.