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Filipino telehealth platform launches healthcare plan for same-sex couples

In June 2024, Philippines-based telehealth provider KonsultaMD launched the Partner Health Plan, a joint healthcare plan open to common-law and same-sex couples. Valid for up to two members — the primary account holder and one dependent — the plan offers a comprehensive package of benefits, including 30 video consultations with a General Practitioner and unlimited 24/7 voice consultations. Users can sign up for the plan via the KonsultaMD app and add their partner as a dependent.

KonsultaMD aims to make healthcare accessible for more Filipinos, an especially urgent mission in a country where the doctor-to-population ratio is 1 to 26,000 (alarmingly below the WHO recommendation of 1 to 1,000). At the same time, most joint healthcare plans only allow members to add legal spouses as dependents, excluding common-law couples from benefits. By opening up the Partner Health Plan, KonsultaMD ensures accessibility for an underserved group.

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