• Health

    OBG reviews the government and private health sectors highlighting opportunities for international medical providers to enter local markets. Overall spending, ratios of medical staff, facilities per capita and project spending plans are analysed. Health tourism also comes under scrutiny where relevant.
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What strategies can help tackle issues that undermine the state of public health?

 

After years of planning the Philippines’ universal health care (UHC) system is operative, strengthened by collaboration and the expertise of the private sector. The mandate to expand preventive and primary care to a growing population is wide, with a range of strategies to tackle both communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs...

Chapter | Health from The Report: Philippines 2021

The Philippines’ universal health care (UHC) system is now operative, after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the bill into law in February 2019 and Francisco Duque III, the secretary of health, signed the implementing rules and regulations in October that year. This set the stage for 2020 to be the first year of UHC, strengthened by collaboration and the expertise of the private sector....

The Philippines is one of the world’s fastest-growing nations. Although economic activity slowed during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic period, stimulus measures, imminent public sector policies and a larger budget are expected to create jobs, generate growth and help kick-start the country’s recovery during 2021.

The outbreak of Covid-19 all but halted global medical tourism, as institutions cut non-essential services and patients stayed at home due to travel restrictions and social-distancing guidelines. However, with flight bans being lifted and many countries tentatively re-opening, there are early examples of how the medical tourism segment might position itself for a rebound.

As various countries contend with a second wave of Covid-19 outbreaks, many emerging markets are pinning their hopes on a vaccine that will allow them to confidently reopen their economies without the fear of limited health services being overwhelmed. 

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