Filipino Patients Turn to Cheaper Supplements Due to High Medicine Costs

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Many Filipino patients are unable to afford medicine prescribed by their doctors and are turning to cheaper supplements that are unlikely to treat their conditions. This is leading to concerns about the effectiveness of their treatment.

Many Filipino patients are turning to cheaper supplements that are unlikely to treat their conditions, as they are unable to afford medicine prescribed by their doctors. Filipino healthcare workers protesting to end government neglect and unpaid benefits. Delayed allowances, low salary and job insecurity are driving many to look for jobs abroad.

, his family was forced to travel to a Metro Manila hospital, as public hospitals in their province told them they could not handle the complications that arose from his disease.The state health insurance, PhilHealth, covered only 2 per cent of the US$22,000 hospital bill, as that was the subsidy rate for his diagnosis. His father, Mr Claro Lescano, works as a house painter to pay off the loan. The land title for his sister-in-law's home was used as collateral for the loan. “I calculated my daily salary and the loan I need to pay the hospital bill,” said Mr Lescano. “My salary for one week covers only one day of hospital room fee

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