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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 […]

Mighty’s might

http://bworldonline.com/mightys-might/ Yellow Pad By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III   BOC/DOF via PHILSTAR   A most disturbing development that will affect revenue collection and even the credibility of the tax reform is the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) dismissal of the tax evasion cases against Mighty Corp. The DoJ justifies the dismissal in light of the […]

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 […]

Good pay for better health care: Leyte shows it can be done

The provincial hospitals of Leyte before typhoon Yolanda struck the area in November 2013 had started drawing attention for their scheme to hike the pay of their physicians and staff despite the impediments. The pay of an obstetrician-gynecologist, for example, stood to rise for August 2013 by P166,000 at the lowest, or by more than […]

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