Wealth for health summit now starting
Ona stresses the importance of public-private partnerships in health
Background: universal health care is one of President Aquino's key campaign promises
Ona lists down accomplishments in health. "We cut claims processing from 60 days and beyond to 45 days"
Ona: target is that by 2016, all Filipinos, especially those who are very poor, will be enrolled in Philhealth.
Ona stressed that government can't accomplish this goal alone. Stressed importance of collaboration with private sector
Banzon is discussing how health can be financed
Banzon's report says 85% of total population now covered by Philhealth. This is an estimate based on those enrolled and estimated number of dependents
Banzon: problem is people who are enrolled do not know they are enrolled.
Banzon: good news: we are now hitting half a million claims per month
Banzon: best practice is national government provides financing, LGUs, the services.
Background: Health services have been devolved to LGUs under the Local Government Code.
Banzon discusses problems in determining utilization rates
Banzon: need to push up utililization rates particularly for sponsored program.
Banzon shows everyone new machine readable Philhealth cards which he said will hopefully increase utilization because it eliminates use of forms which are not friendly to the poor. "We don't know if they can fill out forms or even read"
Banzon: up next, Philhealth in malls
Malls have become the parks, the plazas in this country, so Philhealth will be there," - Banzo
Banzon on increasing premiums: it's necessary to decrease out of pocket payments for health services. You should be angry that we are only doubling out of pocket
Banzon: a 1% decrease in out of pocket rates amounts to about 3 to 4 billion pesos.
Banzon concludes his speech
Background: PCSO Charity funds are often tapped in cases of catastrophic illness among the poor.
Dr. Cedro: PCSO is trying to complement Philhealth efforts
Dr. Cedro: to maximize resources, we want to tap into Philhealth member data program.
Dr. Cedro: we are currently spending almost P12m per day for hospitalization, we anticipate that the need will increase
Dr. Cedro: PCSO is here to augment, not to address entire need. Will have to set limits to how much can be given to an individual
Dr. Cedro: PCSO supports organ transplants for Philhealth members, wants to encourage people to enrol to Philhealth
Dr. Cedro: PCSO also intends to enter into agreements with pharmaceutical companies to help lower cost of medicines
Dr. Cedro: wants Philhealth members to maximize availment rates before PCSO comes in.
Dr. Cedro: PCSO does not prequalify clients. But you have to be in a charity ward, not private. Also have to be in accredited hospitals.
Dr. Cedro: PCSO is also coordinating with the NDRRMC to reach out to and help qualified individuals who were affected by typhoons
Reynes: 20 private hospitals have applied for loans under the program this year. They had to open the program to the private sector because local governments hesitate to borrow for they tend to expect grant support.
Dr Lecciones: if detected early, childhood cancer is curable. Main barriers to early detection is access, economic factors
Dr. Lecciones: PCMC is working with a number of public and private hospitals to promote awareness, early detection
Q for DBP: is the bank receptive to funding startups?
Leynes of DBP: Loan program is not yet for startups. Need to go through incubation period first.
Dr. Pargas: Philhealth cannot directly provide funds to facilities. For accredited providers, Philhealth provides global, front loaded payments.
Mariano: this mechanism that Philhealth provides impacts on the financial viability of service providers
Pargas: there are other institutions providing funding for non-members
Background: the informal sector, also known as the working poor, is the most difficult sector to insure because they are scattered, unorganized
Reinier Gloor (PHAP) : since coverage targets families, how is Philhealth targetting those not formally married?
Pargas: we are considering other avenues including women for memberships as they tend to be the ones taking care of kids
Open forum ends. We will post presentations later on this page.