Many Filipinos feel good about their health and well-being, despite the fact that they are unable to get regular medical check-ups and, worse, they are generally not as well prepared to pay for their medical needs.
And we might not be that healthy as we think. Most often, we self-medicate to not hinder ourselves with out – of – the –pocket expenses and this self-medication is a dangerous habit.
For this month's Healthcare and Wellness Committee, we have invited Dr. Fernando Paragas from the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. Dr. Paragas was the lead researcher of the 2014 and 2019 PhilCare Wellness Index, which measures the "the state of being happy, healthy, or successful" among Filipinos.
The study was inspired by wellness and health indices in New Zealand (The Sovereign Well-being Index of 2015), Canada (The Canadian Index of Well-being), and United States (The State of American Well-Being of 2017).
Apart from the self-evaluations of physical, nutritional, medical, psychological, lifestyle, and financial well-being, the study also measured stress, sex, vices, and health practices of Filipinos.
Health is not about being alive, it is about being well. It is a state of achieving a complete harmony of mind and body