Alternative Means Testing Options Using CBMS
AbstractThe study proposes an alternative means to the present manner of identifying eligible Philhealth beneficiaries through the use of three criteria, namely : income, ownership of assets and socioeconomic characteristics, and electricity consumption. The information/data gathered in evaluating the criteria are sourced with the use of the community-based monitoring system (CBMS) approach. Given that many of the poor households may not have verifiable records/documents regarding the first criterionincomethe study recommends the adoption of a two-stage screening method using the other two criteria. Households are first classified on the basis of socioeconomic variables that are predictors of income-based poverty status. This is followed by a second stage screening based on electricity consumption for those who passed the first screening. The proposed methodology addresses the problem of undercoverage/exclusion of possible eligible beneficiaries from the program that is evident in the present manner of identifying beneficiaries.
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community-based monitoring system; Philhealth indigent program; income-based poverty; assets ownership; electricity consumption; targetting of beneficiaries;
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