With a significant proportion of the population living in poverty and unable to access adequate healthcare, the government has taken active steps to revitalise the country's healthcare systems. In addition, Philippine public healthcare is government-funded and therefore operates with limited funds to provide effective treatment, resulting in poorer equipment. Although all Filipinos are entitled to healthcare through PhilHealth, not all medical procedures are covered by the scheme and medical expenses are usually paid by the patient himself. Although progress has been made to improve healthcare in the Philippines, there are still many problems that the country has to overcome to achieve a high-quality and cost-efficient healthcare system.
As a result, the number of medical staff will increase, improving the overall quality of healthcare in the Philippines. Although the remittances sent by these workers are an important contribution to the Philippine economy, the provision of healthcare in the Philippines has been diminished by the departure of so many medical professionals. The level of public health care varies directly with the average income in these areas; urban areas tend to have a higher average income than rural areas. Regardless of the evaluation criteria, the Philippine healthcare system is steadily improving.
While improving healthcare in the Philippines is a lofty goal, the PhilHealth system, together with the UHC law, is a step in the right direction. Former Philippine President Arroyo set aside P3.5 billion with the goal of providing 23.5 million citizens with quality healthcare. Although the country has a universal health coverage system called PhilHealth (the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation), the quality of the Philippine health system varies greatly between urban and rural areas. All citizens are entitled to free health care from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Access to public health care in the Philippines remains a contentious issue, especially in rural areas. As a result, the public health system struggles with this lack of balance; urban areas receive excellent equipment and staff, while services in rural areas are not of the same quality. Although healthcare is often expensive for the average Filipino, expatriates may find it more affordable than in their home country. Due to the proportion of medical staff in the public health system and the number of people who rely on public health care, patients often experience delays in treatment.