In a protest action, Feb. 12, dialysis patients decry the scrapping of 80 percent discount for charity patients at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.
The national government subsidizes only 10 to 12 percent of NKTI’s operations.
Peasant and sustainable agriculture advocates protest the government’s draft guidelines which will allow commercialization of biotech crops that were not tested for health safety.
“This only proves that the crafting of the new joint department circular is in the best interest of traders and importers of GM products and not of farmers, consumers and the general public.”
“The issue of privatization in health entered national consciousness, and became part of national discourse.”
They may have stopped the privatization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, but the fight is not yet over.
“Long live our collective action. Our struggle for a better health system in the country continues.”
“It would be much better if President Aquino alloted the budget in this summit for the modernization of government hospitals .”
Rank-and-file employees will get only up to 22 percent increase, while the President gets 233 percent raise.
“The impact of APEC and the TPP on health is that millions of people will be denied access to essential and much needed medicines, with the tightening of patents and intellectual property rights.”
Privatization of the health care system in the country continues to take lives, with no less than an impoverished Nobel Laureate transpiring without being given needed medical aid.