Healthcare a priority in the Philippines
Health as a national priority
The Philippines just concluded its national elections. Last May 9, amidst high summer temperatures and even higher stakes, 81.62% of the country’s registered voters trooped to the precincts and chose their next leaders. The hottest issues of the day are crime and corruption, but healthcare has recently come to the fore as an important issue as well. All five presidential candidates regularly mentioned their health agendas, and for good reason. According to the December 2015 National Survey on Urgent Personal and National Concerns of Filipinos, almost two-thirds of the population are concerned about their health and preventing illnesses.
Facilities for indigents
A change in administration is almost always greeted with cautious optimism and Filipinos just might have more reasons to be optimistic about their well-being. In his campaign, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the presumptive winner of the 2016 presidential elections, mentioned building on the successes of the government’s national health insurance program by providing hospital facilities for indigents. His running mate, Senator Alan Cayetano, mentioned building lung, kidney, and heart centers in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
In the private health sector, meanwhile, Ayala Corp. has begun to expand its healthcare business under its subsidiary Ayala Healthcare Holdings. It has two community-based clinics operating under the line FamilyDoc since December 2015. With five staff (including a doctor and two nurses) plus basic facilities like an X-ray, ultrasound, and first-aid response equipment, each 100-square meter clinic is seen as a complement to government-run health centers. According to chief financial officer TG Limcaoco in a December 2015 ABS-CBN article, “…lots of people are coming in consulting with our doctors. And it just shows that there is a need for primary care. The barangay clinic cannot meet all those needs.” Ayala’s other health-related ventures include generics chain Generika Botika and secondary and tertiary healthcare provider Qualimed.
Maria Health: we fill the gap
These plans and developments can only translate to better health for all. Maria Health seeks to fill the gap further by partnering with the best brands in healthcare to make healthcare accessible - and affordable! - for anyone who needs it in the Philippines. Think of Maria as a health and wellness marketplace where you can easily shop and compare health plans for your family and small business. We understand that a huge chunk of the population have basic health needs that are yet to be met. We’re here to make availing the healthcare plan you need as painless and as easy as possible.
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