Health on the Brink of Death
The Philippine public
health system is on the brink of death, with the government spending less
than a peso for the health of every Filipino each day while up to 50
percent of the national budget is automatically earmarked as payment for
onerous debts. Result: doctors, nurses and other health professionals,
working for low wages in hospitals with substandard facilities, have been
fleeing the country in droves in search of greener pastures. The worst
affected, in the end, are the people, who are deprived of adequate health
care – a basic social right.
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