“By awarding the POC modernization project to the private investor, the Aquino administration had just signed the death sentence for public orthopedic hospital care.”
Tags: Philippine Orthopedic Center
“What greater blow can an insensitive government give to the suffering people than privatizing the only public orthopedic hospital where the poor run for treatment?” – Emma Manuel, Alliance of Health Workers
“Healthcare is non-negotiable. The POC has been servicing the poor during its 68 years in existence. The POC should remain for the poor.”
“Eventually, no matter how the DOH strongly denies it, the POC will turn into a private corporation and thus, can no longer provide free nor affordable health services for the people, especially the majority poor.”
For public health workers, serving the Filipino people should always be the government’s priority.
“Medical services here at the Philippine Orthopedic Hospital are really affordable. If this will be privatized then where else will the poor go?”
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Under the scorching heat of the sun, Antonio Solayao, 55, did not mind holding a banner while shouting, “Do not profit from a basic service to the people!” in front of the Public-Private Partnership Center in Quezon City. Solayao, together with health workers and the urban poor…
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
“The transformation of the service orientation of public hospitals into a profit-driven venture and the shift of health care from the state to private entities is clearly privatization.” – Network Opposed to Privatization
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL and BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com MANILA –When the Aquino administration took over the reins of government, the public health system was festering and the poor’s access to essential health services has been getting worse. Ibon Foundation’s data showed that only two out of 10 among the poor have access to free…
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY GREGORIO B. DANTES Jr.