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What is keeping the government from abolishing the pork and increasing budget for health services?

“The government should stop making alibis and stop using scholars and poor patients to justify the lump sum and discretionary funds like the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Is cutting the budget for government hospitals now called ‘underspending’ and ‘savings’ generation?” – Alliance of Health Workers

The costs of health services in earlier corporatized government hospitals such as the Philippine Heart Center, the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP), National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) and Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) belie the government’s claim that privatization will lead to more “accessible and affordable health care” for the poor.

Laying the foundations for the privatization of government hospitals

Attacking progressive unions in government hospitals to pave the way for privatization

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Progressive unions are the Filipino people’s last line of defense against the privatization of government hospitals. The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW), an alliance of unions in government hospitals, together with the other health and people’s organizations, has been strongly opposing the planned sale of the Welfareville…

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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Finding fulfillment in serving the poor

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…