Philippines
Philippines

The Philippines is one of the world’s largest archipelago nations; situated in Southeast Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean, with a population of 104 million people and a life expectancy at birth of 65 years (male) and 73 years (female). Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is home to one-eighth of the entire national population. Health status has improved in the Philippines over the last few decades: infant mortality has dropped by two thirds since 2000, the prevalence of communicable diseases including tuberculosis, malaria and acute diarrhoea has fallen. However, inequities in health care access remain. A major driver of inequity is the high cost of accessing and using health care. In July 2018, the President of the Philippines certified the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) bill, after being passed in the House of Representatives. As part of the 2016-2022 Philippine health agenda, the Department of Health, supported by the UHC Partnership, which the Philippines entered in 2018, will ensure UHC efforts are directed towards not just the equitable provision of health care, but also the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of health concerns.

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Product/Service Deliverables Status
Monitoring UHC progress and communicate to general public through dashboard A UHC communications dashboard including online infographics, media campaigns and toolkits as aid in health planning and strategic decision-making. Completed
Provide legislative framing and drafting support to of UHC into a Republic Act and the subsequent development of its Implementing Rules and Regulations as well as subordinate executive issuances. UHC is legislated into a Republic Act. Completed
Provide legislative framing and drafting support to of UHC into a Republic Act and the subsequent development of its Implementing Rules and Regulations as well as subordinate executive issuances. Implementing Rules and Regulations are promulgated pursuant to Sec. 43 of the new UHC law Completed
Design and assist LGUs/Barangays/Municipalities in the roll-out of effective models of service delivery networks (SDNs) that minimize fragmentation by integrating local government and private sector service delivery efforts. Draft template legal instruments establishing health care provider networks pursuant to Sec. 4(l) and for the purposes of Secs. 17(a) and 18 of the new UHC law. Completed
Create a sequence focused implementation plan for PhilHealth to increase its share of non-capital fixed costs for the provision of individual based care. Technical advisory and guidance on a coordination mechanism between PhilHealth, private health insurance and health maintenance organizations, pursuant to Sec. 28(e) of the new UHC law. Completed
Develop metrics for measuring UHC progress that will align with existing monitoring systems A monitoring and evaluation system on UHC is established and baseline/progress indicators are measured. Completed

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Product/Service Deliverables Status
A on network-based licensing and contracting/ commissioning, complemented by support for key stakeholder consultation, information dissemination, and the strategic communication and publication of output information TA on network-based licensing and contracting/ commissioning, complemented by support for key stakeholder consultation, information dissemination, and the strategic communication and publication of output information Ongoing
TA on network-based licensing and contracting/ commissioning, complemented by support for key stakeholder consultation, information dissemination, and the strategic communication and publication of output information Support the rollout of functionally defined service delivery networks Ongoing
Scale up use of digital health delivery for health promotion and disease prevention Scale up use of digital health delivery for health promotion and disease prevention Ongoing
Expert guidance on the development of local measurement system for GPW13 indicators and F1+; support development of plans for availability of reporting progress in SDG/GPW13 and F1+ Expert guidance on the development of local measurement system for GPW13 indicators and F1+; support development of plans for availability of reporting progress in SDG/GPW13 and F1+ Ongoing
Support the development of systematic policy and research agenda setting linked to SDG/UHC metrics and F1+ priority (including mechanics for public health ethics) Support the development of systematic policy and research agenda setting linked to SDG/UHC metrics and F1+ priority (including mechanics for public health ethics) Ongoing
Support the development of systematic policy and research agenda setting linked to SDG/UHC metrics and F1+ priority (including mechanics for public health ethics) Provide expert guidance in the annual research agenda review, setting and/or assessments Ongoing

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