Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the Philippines: The case for investment

Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the Philippines: The case for investment

May 26, 2021

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and their risk factors are an increasing public health and development challenge in the Philippines. This report provides evidence through three analyses that NCDs reduce economic output and discusses potential options in response, outlining details of their relative returns on investment. An economic burden analysis shows that economic losses from NCDs (direct and indirect costs) comprise PHP 756.5 billion, which is equivalent to 4.8% of gross domestic product in 2017. An intervention costing analysis provides an estimate of the funding required to implement a set of policy interventions for prevention and clinical interventions. A cost–benefit analysis compares these implementation costs with the estimated health gains and identifies which policy packages would provide the greatest returns on investment.

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