Cambodians Visit PH to Study Its Social Health Insurance System

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Cambodians Visit PH to Study Its Social Health Insurance System


By Charina Clarisse Echaluce

Sixteen delegates from the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) of Cambodia visited the Philippines to study the country's experiences in implementing the social health insurance program and providing coverage for the informal sector worker.

Ruben John A. Basa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), welcomed the delegates headed by NSSF deputy director Sum Sophorn.

Basa said the PhilHealth's existence for the past 22 years has made it the biggest social protection agency in the Philippines.

"With the agency almost marking 23 years of continuously providing excellent quality health-care services to the Filipinos, PhilHealth is more than willing to share the knowledge and expertise in improving and stabilizing the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) for the long term," he noted.

"With the 80-percent net satisfaction survey results, members are truly convinced about the health insurance benefits that they are getting," he added.

Sophorn thanked PhilHealth officers and staff for granting their request for a study visit in the Philippines.

"As the NSSF of Cambodia already implements our own public health insurance that covers the formal labor sector workers, this time, we are particularly interested in covering the informal sector worker starting this year and we believe we can learn more about the social health insurance system in your country," he said. …

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