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A Situational Analysis on Access to Medicines of Persons with Disabilities

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A Situational Analysis on Access to Medicines of Persons with Disabilities

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that over one billion or approximately 15% of the world’s population has some form of disability. Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are “those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments, which may interact with various barriers and hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis compared with other persons.”

It is reported that PWDs are “more than twice as likely to find healthcare providers’ skills and facilities inadequate; nearly three times more likely to be denied health care; and four times more likely to be treated badly.” The presence of a disability directly affects their health conditions, making it difficult for them to access health care services, which leads to experiences of unmet health care needs. To address these health inequities, WHO developed the global disability action plan 2014-2021: Better health for all people with disability, which aims to contribute to achieving health, well-being and human rights for persons with disabilities.”

In line with the thrusts of the WHO global disability action plan and the Universal Health Care Agenda (Kalusugang Pangkalahatan), the Department of Health (DOH) configured the Health and Wellness Program of Persons with Disabilities. The program recognizes the need to address the concerns and challenges that PWDs experience when accessing health care. A critical factor in ensuring PWDs’ access to health care services is to understand the current situation and environment including their access to medicines.

In general, access to medicines remains a serious challenge for Filipinos. Efforts to improve access to medicines in the Philippines have been continuous, but improvements must still be made. Regardless whether a Filipino family belongs to the richest or poorest quintile, more than half of out-of-pocket expenditure is spent on medicines. According to the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons (Republic Act 9442), PWDs receive “at least twenty percent (20%) discount for the purchase of medicines in all drugstores…” However, no study has yet been done on the status of PWDs’ access to medicines.

Regime Classification Priority
2010 - 2016 Health Service Delivery
Start Date Duration in Months Target Completion Date Actual Completion Date
2016-07-01 12 2017-07-01 0000-00-00

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Macro Health Research Organization, Inc. Private Business NCR CN201602307
Institution Amount Region
Department of Health N/A NCR
Name Expertise Affiliation
Marilyn Crisostomo Public Health Macro Health Research Organization, Inc.
Geraldine Maminta Statistics Macro Health Research Organization, Inc.

Access to medicines of persons with disabilities

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  • Philippines

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01 Jul 2016

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