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Former Health Chief Ona as a Resource Person: FINANCE MINISTERS TO LEARN FROM PHILIPPINES’ SIN TAX REFORM

Former Health Chief Ona as a Resource Person: FINANCE MINISTERS TO LEARN FROM PHILIPPINES’ SIN TAX REFORM Press Release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 April 2015   [Boston, USA]—Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona speaks today at the 2015 Finance Ministerial Leadership Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, to relay to other countries the […]

Philippines Bags 3 International Awards for Tobacco Control

Philippines Bags 3 International Awards for Tobacco Control Press release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 March 2015     The Philippines gets three (3) prestigious awards in the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) held last March 17 to 21, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The national government, a local government unit (LGU), and a […]

Public Expenditure Tracking Survey: A Study of the Sponsored Program of the National Health Insurance Program

A study that utilized health facility and beneficiary questionnaires to track funds generated from excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol products that were earmarked for PhilHealth’s Sponsored Program (SP), providing free health care to the poorest 20 percent of the Filipino population. The study sought to identify problems and bottlenecks in the funding flow from […]

Citizen’s Report Card on the Sponsored Program of the National Health Insurance Program

This study assesses citizens’ access to and utilization of the Sponsored Program (SP) services of the National Health Insurance Program or popularly known as PhilHealth, as well as service quality and beneficiary satisfaction. The study revealed low levels of beneficiary knowledge, awareness, access, and usage of designated health services and benefits.

Allocating and Tracking Sin Tax Revenues for Universal Health Coverage

Tax reforms, public investment and government transparency are part of AER’s core program and mission. As such, AER is currently implementing a project titled Allocating and Tracking Sin Tax Revenues for Universal Health Coverage. The project seeks to study the earmarking of incremental revenues from excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol to universal health care, in particular, public spending and health service delivery under the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP or Philhealth), focusing specifically on the Sponsored Program for indigent Filipinos.