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Health for sale

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 health care, 74 percent have to find the means to pay for their health care. Only three out of 10 among the poor are covered by social health insurance. Eight out of 10 never had…

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Opposition vs. privatizing public health care snowballs * Latest Posts Health Other Stories 

Opposition vs. privatizing public health care snowballs

By CONG B. CORRALES Bulatlat.com CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Opposition to a proposed law, aimed at turning public hospitals into government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) has snowballed, here. This, despite its proponents’ claim that the bill would boost public health care. Entitled, “An Act Converting Government Hospitals into National Government Corporation, Providing Funds Therefore and Other Purpose,” HB 6069 authored by Bacolod City Rep. Anthony Golez and SB 3130 authored by Sen. Franklin Drilon, have been widely criticized because, people’s organizations said, will make public health care more inaccessible…

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Privatization of health services, a life and death issue for poor Filipinos * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective 

Privatization of health services, a life and death issue for poor Filipinos

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Government health workers have been consistently sounding the alarm, especially these past few weeks, regarding the Aquino government’s plans to privatize the provision of health services. They have been holding lunch break pickets in various government hospitals, specifically in those that would be affected in the near future such as the National Orthopedic Hospital, which will be transformed into the Center for Bone Diseases and Trauma. But the mainstream media has not been reporting about it and public concern about this life and death issue is…

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Stop privatizing public health services, facilities! * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Opinion 

Stop privatizing public health services, facilities!

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In the nine years (ending in 2010) that I served as legislator in the House of Representatives, I devoted considerable time and efforts to three advocacies: 1) human rights and peace; 2) national independence and sovereignty; and 3) public health services and health workers’ rights and welfare. I pursued these advocacies in the halls of Congress, in public forums, and in the parliament of the streets. It was gratifying to have worked with like-minded colleagues, activists and allies. We…

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