Written by Crispin Aranda
Posted on December 17, 2015 | Updated February 13, 2016 |
The Philippines is believed to have an oversupply of competent and licensed healthcare workers. Yet, the country does not have a working healthcare system that takes care of the citizen's wellness. Canada has - especially for the children.
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Permanent residents to Canada – those who are granted residency through the various programs through Express Entry – may apply for and be eligible for various social services and benefits – especially for those with minor children.
An October 2013 Rappler report after the State of the Nation Address cited that only 17,000 – not even half – of the country’s 42,000 barangays have health centers. The report also added that midwives assigned to health centers in remote barangays only get to visit two to 3 times a week.
An Asian Institute of Management paper in 2010 elaborated further on the healthcare situation in the Philippines.
“In terms of facilities accreditation, about 8 of 10 DOH-licensed hospitals are accredited by PhilHealth. Of the 1,404 hospitals accredited, 60% are private hospitals and 37% are government hospitals. As of 2010, PhilHealth has also accredited 22,444 medical personnel to service over 90 million Filipinos. The licensed personnel are composed of General Practitioners (10,617), Medical Specialists (11,286), Dentists (184) and Midwives (357).
The ratio of PHIC Beneficiaries to PHIC Accredited Professionals varies depending on the region. In NCR, the ratio is one accredited professional for every 1,379 PHIC beneficiaries. This increases for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, where the ratio is 1:8,504.”
Overview of Health Sector Reform in the Philippines and Possible Opportunities For Public-Private Partnerships presented at the World-Bank Institute's Hospital and Health Reform Conference/Training and Development held in Thailand in February 2010 by Maria Elena B. Herrera, FASP, PhD; Francisco l. roman, DBA Faculty, Asian Institute of Management and Maria Cristina I. Alarilla, Researcher, AIM
Canada’s universal health-care system
All Canadian citizens and permanent residents may apply for quality public health insurance. Each Canadian province and territory has their own health insurance plan providing free emergency medical services, even if you do not have a government health card.
For more info on Canada’s healthcare system, check out the specific provincial and territorial ministries of health below:
Permanent residents of Canada are entitled to most of the same rights and privileges as a Canadian citizen. Some of these rights include:
- Equal treatment and equal protection.
- You are entitled to certain legal rights, such as to be presume innocent until proven guilty
- To be provided with an interpreter in the courtroom, if necessary to have a lawyer
- You have the right to enter and exit Canada as you see fit, plus you can move freely from province to province.
- You can work and study anywhere you choose in Canada some high-security government positions are reserved for Canadian citizens only.)
These benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:
Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) – For families with children under the age of 18 who are considered to have a low-income, the Canadian government provides monthly tax-free payments to help cover expenses.
Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, and Canada Pension Plan – All three of these programs are designed to provide financial support to workers after they reach retirement age – currently age 65. To be eligible, you have to meet specific residency requirements and to have contributed to the system by paying taxes in Canada. However, most permanent residents will qualify for at least partial payments from these programs.
Universal health care – Most necessary medical expenses are covered through the Canadian universal health care program. These expenses include visits to emergency room, immunizations, yearly exams, etc.
Free education – All children under 18 are entitled to a free education in the Canadian public school system.
Maternity and parental leave – In Canada, working parents are given time off when a new baby is born or adopted. Women can take up to 12 months of maternity leave and receive 50 to 65% of their normal income. Partially paid parental leave is also available for up to 35 weeks. One parent can take all 35 weeks or both parents can split the allotment of time (i. e. one parent takes 20 weeks while the other takes 15 weeks). To be eligible for parental leave, you must have worked in Canada for at least 600 hours.
All of these benefits and more become available to you when you are a permanent resident of Canada.
Additionally, being a permanent resident gives you the opportunity to become a Canadian citizen after only three years of living and working in Canada.
Once you become a citizen, you can run for political office, become involved in political activities, and vote in elections. You can also maintain duel-citizenship, so you don't have to give up citizenship in your home country just to enjoy the benefits of Canadian citizenship.
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