The NDHS 2017 gathers information on
Health insurance coverage
Recent health care treatment
Overall, 66% of the de jure population have PhilHealth insurance. PhilHealth coverage does not differ in urban and rural areas (66% each). However, the type of membership does vary by residence; the household population is far more likely to have coverage through indigent memberships in rural areas than in urban areas (26% versus 9%)
65% of de jure population in Region 10 have PhilHealth insurance. Among the types of health insurance coverage, both Formal Economy and Indigent/HTS-PR had the percentage of 20%, followed by Sponsored type with 14% and Informal Economy with 7 %. The Senior Citizen has 4% while the Lifetime Members and Overseas Filipino members got the lowest percentage with only 1%.
The percentage of the household population covered by PhilHealth increased from 38% in 2008 to 60% in 2013 and 66% in 2017.
Eight percent of household members visited a health facility or health provider for advice or treatment in the 30 days before the survey. Among those who
sought care, 59% first consulted a public medical facility, 40% first went to a private medical facility or provider, and 1% first went to an alternative medical provider