Danesto Bacdayan Anacio

Danesto is a Research Faculty at the Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila; and the Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, also in UP Manila. He finished his PhD in Environmental Science at the School of Environmental Science and Management, University of the Philippines Los Ba–os. His main research interests focus on socio-ecological interactions (production and consumption patterns, indigenous peoples’ communities, environmental psychology, human dimensions of environmental change); disaster studies (disaster management and resilience); planetary health (sustainability practices and environmental ethics); and policy analysis (implications to, and stimulus from socio-ecological dynamics).

Designation: University of the Philippines Manila
Institution: University of the Philippines Manila
Paper: Healthcare Insurance and Data Privacy Policy Issues Amidst Disaster Occurrences in Future Climate Scenarios in Southeast Asia
Abstract: The occurrence of mass casualty incidents as a result of increased risks of exposure to natural hazards exacerbated by climate change, and confounded by anthropogenic hazards, calls for a critical reflection of healthcare insurance and data privacy policy concerns in order to prepare for and minimize the negative impacts of such disasters. The main argument of this paper is to forward the need for gathering bioinformation as a means to ensure post-disaster response. Such information is crucial for mitigating impacts arising from mass casualty incidents (MCIs), including the implementation of appropriate measures for affected communities. In order to achieve this, two important systems need to be considered by national governments in Southeast Asia. One is the capacity to collect such information. This paper posits that the collection of such information is already existing through various national identification programs but can be further streamlined if it is consolidated under national health insurance policies. Second is the safeguarding of such information to avoid data privacy issues. This concern can be managed if national policies operating across various administrative functions and hierarchies are in place to protect data privacy. Although this paper recognizes that there are other policy contexts to be considered to ensure holistic disaster preparedness, the two arguments are selected as the starting point for future policy directions in the intersections of health insurance, data privacy, and disaster management (specifically, disaster response). Most importantly, in considering this theme, how prepared are the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for mitigating climate change induced MCIs in terms of health insurance and data privacy concerns?