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By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – The privatization of public hospitals has been going on since the regime of the late president Ferdinand Marcos. The different administrations had different names for it: public-private partnerships, corporatization, user’s service fee schemes, revenue enhancement programs, outsourcing or outright sale. Health groups said privatization has been the…

“The government is passing its obligation to the private sector to reduce its social spending.” – Health Alliance for Democracy

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Around 6,340 living-in patients, 56,000 out-patients, 1,713 health workers, and 20,000 residents will be affected by the planned sale of Welfareville, aside from the promotion of preventive mental health care, in the name of Public-Private Partnership projects.

“In the end, this planned sale of Welfareville may just diminish the public mental health services into mere psychiatric desks in various hospitals, or the mental hospital may end up privatized.” – Rey Quinto, employee of National Center for Mental Health

Judging from the proposed 2011 national government budget for health, the administration of Benigno Simeon Aquino III does not believe that improving healthcare is a priority. The P 32.028 billion budget of the Department of Health is a far cry from the World Health Organization recommended 5% of the gross national product, which is around…

The progressive alliance of government employees, teachers and health workers—the All Government Employees’ Unity—assailed Joint Resolution No. 24 or the Salary Standardization Law Part 3 which was proposed by Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. and was endorsed in the 14th Congress by House Speaker Prospero Nograles, saying it is divisive and deceptive. BY NOEL SALES…