TelemedicineMedia Release

Pru Life UK underscores the need for inclusive insurance

Pru Life UK’s second installment of its “Healthscape PH Dialogue Series” under PRUWise Webinars outlines the challenges Filipinos face in having access to quality healthcare services.

Participated in by the government and health sectors, the webinar tackled telemedicine and mobile health harness a more inclusive insurance landscape.

“With Universal Health Care (UHC), all Filipinos, especially the country’s poorest, will be enrolled in the national health system with the promise that their basic medical care needs are met,” said Jumbing de Rosas, president and CEO, Pru Life UK. “Most Filipinos, however, will still face financial difficulties purchasing more comprehensive health coverage. We believe that insurance companies like Pru Life UK have the responsibility to step up and help Filipino families plug their financial gaps, mitigate risks, and secure protection from financial setbacks as the UHC rolls out.”

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During the webinar, Pru Life UK senior vice president and chief customer and marketing officer Allan Tumbaga also shared insights on how wellness management and preventive healthcare can supplement the provisions of the UHC law. According to Tumbaga, telemedicine empowers smartphone users to proactively manage their health, consult a doctor, check their symptoms, and be informed about taking care of their health and wellbeing.

Mobile healthcare

National Telehealth Center director Dr. Raymond Sarmiento shared that mobile healthcare is having a significant impact in the country, especially in the new normal, as it accelerates the overall implementation of the UHC. He also believes that telemedicine will make healthcare more accessible to Filipinos and anticipates that digital health will help communities become more interconnected.

Dr. Sarmiento’s views were supported by MyDoc’s director of Clinical Operations Dr. Francis Soriano, who revealed how telemedicine providers can help the government implement the UHC while still safeguarding data privacy. Dr. Soriano noted that telemedicine is an inexpensive alternative to traditional healthcare systems. In terms of regulations, he explained that the current eHealth Bill is fully in line with the UHC’s mission to provide users with quality healthcare.

We DO Health

The PRUWise Webinar series underscores Pru Life UK’s “We DO Health” commitment to empowering Filipinos to lead healthier lives, and notably calls on practitioners, policymakers, healthcare providers, and members of the public and private sectors to take an active role in developing a framework for telemedicine in the Philippines.

“Pru Life UK believes that healthcare should be accessible to every Filipino. This is why we continue to invest in mobile health services through our digital health app Pulse. We are excited to launch new digital health solutions that will enable everyone to begin their wellness journey and get the most out of life,” Tumbaga said.