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Universal health care: The dream within reach

Yellow Pad By Joshua Uyheng In September 2017, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 5784, also known as the “Universal Health Coverage Act.” The bill aims to transform our health system to make quality health care accessible to all Filipinos without financial hardship. Three versions in the Senate have also been passed: Senate Bills […]

Lunch with the Yellow Pad: What is UHC?

Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   This time, I try to write differently, patterned after the Financial Times weekly column called “Lunch with the FT,” an institution of what probably is the world’s best business newspaper. “Lunch with the FT” is an interview over lunch that features the world’s leading figures in politics and diplomacy, economics […]

Threats to PhilHealth’s financial sustainability  

PhilHealth’s reserve fund is now less than a year’s worth of benefit payments. From a conservative fund manager, whose past reserves averaged at four times its annual benefit payments, it has finally become an institution that generously pays for the health needs of the Filipino people. While the said shift is definitely good news, some […]

Health metrics that matter

By the end of the Aquino administration, the Department of Health (DoH) would already have a budget almost five times more than it began to receive at the start of President Benigno S. C. Aquino III’s term, should the proposed P122.7-billion health budget be approved this year. This is a record high in the history […]

Minimum cigarette price proposal, a deceptive ploy to prevent further excise tax increase—Sin Tax Coalition

For Immediate Release – Sin Tax Coalition   Civil society groups warn the public about the clever but deceptive proposal of tobacco companies to have a Minimum Cigarette Price (MCP) whose benefits accrue solely to them. Instead of a minimum price, the civil society groups argue that increasing the tobacco tax rate is most effective […]

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