News article from Manilastandardtoday.com by Macon Ramons-Araneta
The establishment of the PhilHealth centers will benefit the poor in the future but they must be able to properly monitor the existing health centers--distribution of doctors, nurses and medical staffs. PhilHealth must also ensure that the poor will be properly oriented so that they may be aware of the different benefits that they can avail. Though this new development will have positive impacts on the poor, it may still lead to the same problem of the widening of gaps especially in the rural areas because there is no guarantee that PhilHealth’s plan will be sustainable in the future since it is not enough to just establish centers considering the lack of medical staff.
Moreover, partly the reason why their plan may not be sustainable due to small allocation of money is because the market for insurances will only concentrate to the country’s middle class since they have the capability to pay for their pensions/insurances/annuities premiums for their future. However, the poor cannot afford to pay the premiums of insurance companies (PhilHealth and private companies) for their health concerns, which is why they become largely dependent on government assistance.