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Among its advantages, PhilHealth provides family planning services.

Permanent contraceptive methods are available to Filipinos through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

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Emmanuel Ledesma Jr., the interim president, and CEO of PhilHealth reminded its members and their dependents in a news release on Sunday that the government-run health insurance covers a number of permanent contraception treatments.

All PhilHealth-accredited hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and primary care institutions automatically provide and make these advantages available to patients, Ledesma added.

According to him, permanent contraception operations like vasectomy for males and fallopian tube ligation or transection for women will be covered by PhilHealth.

Ledesma said that for elective surgical contraceptive procedures, both physician and healthcare facility fees are covered by PhilHealth.

He continued, “The physician fee component covers intra-operative services, such as the provision of anesthesia, as well as counseling for family planning and client assessment.

“Room and board at the hospital or clinic; medications to be used during surgery and while confined; X-ray, laboratory, and other ancillary procedures and services; supplies to be used during miscellaneous operations and confinement are included in the healthcare facility fee component,” (The healthcare facility fee component includes room and board at the hospital or clinic; medications to be used during surgery and while confined; X-ray, laboratory, and other ancillary procedures and services);

Within 90 days of the surgery date, post-operative consultation is also covered. This includes dressing adjustments, care for local incisions, removal of sutures, and management of issues that don’t need hospitalization.

These advantages are included in our Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)-connected advantages. It also includes outpatient therapy for tuberculosis, HIV-AIDS, and malaria, the speaker continued.

The insertion of an IUD and subdermal contraceptive implants are two examples of long-term, reversible birth control methods that are covered by PhilHealth.

Assuring “healthy lives and promoting well-being for all Filipinos at all ages” is one of the Philippines’ SDGs, with the goal of achieving “universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs” by 2030.

According to figures from the Philippine Statistical Authority, there were 109,035,343 people living in the Philippines as of 2020.

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