Policy Dialogue on UHC and Access to Medicines in the Philippines

On July 25 and 26 2013, the Philippine Department of Health, Center for Asian Business, PhilHealth and the Philippine FDA co-sponsored a policy dialogue to help identify gaps & solutions in ensuring universal access to medicines in the Philippines. Participants discussed the present pharmaceutical landscape, gained an appreciation of the value of medicines as integral to the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP) strategy, and considered options to promote a whole government/community approaches as central elements of the KP strategy. During the two day event participants benefited from open, frank discussions & helped develop recommendations for policy reform & action programs

Below are the presentation materials from the event to share the current thinking and build momentum for future action.

Day 1

Medicines as Part of Universal Health Coverage: The Global Dialogue
The Philippine Response to Universal Health Care and Access to Medicines 2013
Pharmaceutical Market Perspective
Wireless Access for Health
Summary of Day 1

Day 2

Strategies for Improving Access and Value
Improving Access to Medicines Project in the Philippines–the Palawan Pilot
Rational Pricing and Cost-effectiveness
Establishing a Reference Pricing System for Drugs in the Philippines
Government Initiatives to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Philippines
PhilHealth’s Initiatives: Financing and Access to Medicines
Access to Medicines Interventions

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