"Care despite the distance" is the thrust of Asistensi — a global digital healthcare company which offers accessible digital end-to-end healthcare plans — that just launched in the Philippines.
With a focus on providing healthcare coverage to families of migrant workers, Asistensi is led by a group of healthcare professionals with nearly two decades of experience in Europe and Latin America.
Asistensi Executive Chairman Dr. Andrés González, who flew all the way to the Philippines for the official media launch, explained, "We are a company that comes from 18 years of medical experience, and in this experience, we've had the opportunity to see how primary health care can change the way the system works. Our main purpose is to provide people with access to health care by using technology to do it."
"We also want to empower migrants so that they can continue to pursue their dreams while we take care of their families back home. This is the reason why we created Asistensi. We have had two years of history doing all this work worldwide. We believe the Philippines is one of the countries that needs what we are doing," he added.
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Given the significant population of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the company decided to establish itself in the country to support migrant workers and their families with accessible quality healthcare explicitly designed for them and will ultimately provide peace of mind.
"Every Filipino knows of someone who works overseas. Whether it's a family member or a friend, it's hard not to think about how challenging it must be for OFWs to juggle their many concerns while ensuring that they can provide financial support to those back home," said Bjorn Pardo, managing director of Asistensi Philippines.
Most OFWs consider being providers as their primary aspiration and motivation for seeking employment abroad. There is no surprise that the trend in remittances coming into the country has been steadily upward in the last few years. Unfortunately, playing the role of the breadwinner has its challenges and struggles.
"Health is a priority but oftentimes only dealt with on a per-need basis, and investments in this aspect often take the backseat to more pressing concerns. This is the gap we want to address — we want migrant workers to have the peace of mind that in the event of sudden need, their families in the Philippines can be covered by a healthcare plan that relieves them of immediate financial stress and allows them to focus on the health issues at hand," added Pardo.
Asistensi aims to be the Filipino migrant worker's partner in easing financial woes related to healthcare and medical expenses. The company offers migrant workers, or OFWs, a new way to express their love and care for their families alongside quality, reliable, and affordable healthcare.
Based in Spain, Asistensi sets itself apart from other companies that offer healthcare plans worldwide by utilizing the advantage of technology and making comprehensive healthcare accessible to anyone who may need it.
Envisioning accessible healthcare to everyone, they aim to give migrants much-needed peace of mind regarding their family's health and more headroom for their personal and professional growth.
Asistensi's digital end-to-end healthcare plans can be purchased online from any country. With secure online payment, 100 percent digital onboarding, instant enrollment of dependents, the non-requirement for tedious medical admission exams and coverage including pre-existing conditions up to 85 years old, family and relatives back home are eligible for unlimited Telemedicine 24/7, Ambulance Service, Home and In-clinic Primary Care, Home and In-clinic Laboratory Tests, Medication Delivery, Access to Major Hospitals, and Hospitalization and Surgery coverage.
Ensuring the best possible service, Asistensi has partnered with local medical leaders such as Hi-Precision Diagnostics, Argonix, Home Healthcare, Lifeline 16911 and its primary HMO partner, Maxicare.
More inclusive to the Philippine population in terms of admission and pricing, eligibility for Asistensi's plans is broader than other services. With eligibility up to 85 years old, and coverage for pre-existing conditions, services are available 24/7, Mondays through Sundays, with a 96 percent satisfaction in response time for as low as P866 a month for their digital healthcare plans.
Besides its affordable packages, another great thing about Asistensi is the ease at which consumers can avail of health services. Once a beneficiary feels unwell or has an emergency, Asistensi can be reached through the Asistensi Philippines mobile application or via the call center at +632-8280-1066. Asistensi's medical doctors then perform the necessary assessments on patients following triage protocols to determine the best next step. Once the following steps are determined, and the claim is completed, Asistensi will cover costs according to the beneficiary's entitlement.