Universal healthcare in the Philippines and the scope for therapy and rehabilitation

Paul Boyle, Sadiq Bhanbhro, Jeremie De Guzman

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This discussion paper highlights some of the findings from an international workshop where researchers examined literature relating to universal healthcare in the Philippines. These findings included the complexity of the healthcare system, possible barriers experienced and service coverage, and are explored in relation to rehabilitation which may broaden debate and discussion in this area. Development of the Filipino healthcare system is outlined and the possible benefits of rehabilitation, including vocational rehabilitation, are examined especially in relation to work-related injuries and wheelchair use. There is a focus on understanding disability as a health, development and human rights issue and the possible benefits of rehabilitation to improve the quality of life for disabled people. Future research initiatives to confirm the number of people living with disability and the nature of their disability and information relating to the therapy workforce in the Philippines is recommended. This paper may inspire research also relating to the objective of securing universal healthcare in the Philippines with greater consideration of the needs of disabled people and the benefit of rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-408
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2017

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This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/pdf/10.12968/ijtr.2017.24.9.403


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