PhilHealth: Insuring the Informal Sector

Assessment and Strategy to Cover the Informal Sector

Backed by a presidential mandate for universal health coverage, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has aggressively worked to improve coverage, services, and financial protection. PhilHealth insures an impressive 85 percent of Filipinos, yet 18.5 million informal sector workers such as fishermen and micro-entrepreneurs have remained elusive.

To help PhilHealth reach people in this uninsured "missing middle”, ThinkWell identified non-traditional private-sector partners "” such as pawn shops and micro finance institutions "” that could help expand enrollment. ThinkWell also proposed strategies to leverage PhilHealth’s growing purchasing power to expand the scheme’s influence in future Philippine health reform efforts.

Read our analysis and recommendations report.


Photo credit: (c) 2014 Phoebe Gullunan, courtesy of Photoshare

Photo credit: (c) 2014 Phoebe Gullunan, courtesy of Photoshare

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