Philippine healthcare system

Worried Filipinos open up after viral tweet on health emergencies

Alois Isinika
Worried Filipinos open up after viral tweet on health emergencies

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What happens to poor Filipinos who cannot afford to pay for a safety net once they get sick?

How do you feel that with just one hospitalization due to a major sickness, you could lose all of your hard-earned money – including your life savings?

This was the discussion on Saturday, February 13, after Twitter user @claudiopoy posted about the cause of his anxiety in his Twitter thread.

As of posting time, the series of tweets garnered more than a thousand retweets and over 8,000 likes, with netizens sharing the same worries about financing medical emergencies.

As Filipinos were left to fend for themselves, some netizens said they got health insurance for when a medical emergency arises.

But what happens to poor Filipinos who cannot afford to pay for a safety net once they get sick?

Poor health care system

This personal but collective anxiety emanated somewhere, according to the discussions.

Systemic problems in health care caused this stress – from inadequacies of the Philippine health care system to the alleged corruption involving officers of government health institutions, such as in the case of the state insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

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The coronavirus pandemic added fuel to the fire, as it is now more costly to undergo treatment once an individual gets sick with COVID-19. (READ: Getting treated for coronavirus comes with a hefty price tag

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In the Philippines, COVID-19 cases have reached 547,255 as of February 13, 2021 – with 11,507 deaths and at least 500,781 recoveries. – Rappler.com

Alois Isinika

Alois Isinika is a digital communications specialist at Rappler. As a Sociology graduate, he thinks and talks a lot about the world we live in, that's why he frequently writes for Rappler Blogs or tweets his sentiments at @aloisinika.