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Probing Healthcare Disparities: Trends and Insights Based on PhilHealth 2018-2021 Data

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) held a public webinar on October 26, 2023, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM via Zoom.

This virtual event featured the PIDS study “Spatiotemporal Analysis of Health Service Coverage in the Philippines” authored by PIDS Senior Research Fellow Valerie Gilbert Ulep, Supervising Research Specialist Jhanna Uy, and research consultants Clarisa Joy Flaminiano, Vicente Alberto Puyat, and Victor Andrew Antonio.

The study evaluated the health service coverage and financial risk protection of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) members and dependents. It is one of the first studies to use PhilHealth data on insurance claims, membership, and accredited facilities from 2018 to 2021, combined with auxiliary datasets from the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Statistics Authority, and Washington-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to identify location-specific trends and insights.  It revealed glaring differences across different subpopulations in terms of population coverage, facility coverage, service coverage, and financial protection.

A copy of the full study is available at the following link:

Spatiotemporal Analysis of Health Service Coverage in the Philippines



Presentation of Dr. Valerie Gilbert T. Ulep, PIDS Senior Research Fellow