As a result of a surge of government initiated or supported health programs, the Philippines is emerging as a market for health innovations in Southeast Asia. With a GDP of 272.1 billion and an ambitious government pledge to achieve universal health coverage by 2016, the Philippines has made immense strides in areas where many countries continue to struggle, such as accreditation and regulation.
CHMI profiles over 80 programs in the Philippines- almost 30% of programs profiled in Southeast Asia. These the majority of these programs are focusing on primary and secondary care, and maternal child health. From creating public-private partnerships to integrating innovative informational technology into the health sector, the Philippines is the location of a variety of unique and innovative health programs.
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In response to the need for health care insurance coverage for the poor, GSK partnered with PhilHealth and several local government units to develop and implement the Pinoy Health Pass, a program that aims to provide health education and insurance coverage to 10,000 families each year.