ALAB ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) Partylist group on Friday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to turn down the proposed corporatization of 26 government hospitals.
In a statement, ALAM Chairman Jerry Yap said the privatization will deprive Filipinos of their full access to health security, adding that it will only result to higher hospital fees.
Bacolod Representative Anthony Golez authored the House Bill No. 6069, an act corporatizing public hospitals.
The bill, which was already passed in the House of Representatives on May 16, 2012, aims at turning public medical facilities into government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).
Another law—Senate Bill No. 3130 (National Government Hospital Corporate Restructuring Act) pushed by Senator Franklin Drilon is now pending and is expected to be pressed before the Senate after the opening of Congress on July 31.
Conflict with government’s goal
Yap said he sees conflict with government’s goal to lower down mortality rate, citing the case of “Jane” who performed cesarean on herself.
On July 5, Jane operated on herself by slashing the right lower portion of her abdomen approximately 10 to 15 centimeters using a kitchen knife and pulled out her baby, about 8 to 9 months, out of her womb.
“Hindi gagawin ni “Jane” ang pag-caesarean sa kanyang sarili na ang gamit lamang ay kutsilyo kung kayang tugunan ng bansa ang pangangailangan sa kalusugan,” Yap said.
“Ito ang isang malinaw na halimbawa ng napapabayaang health care sa bansa. Kung masasapribado pa ang mga ospital at ang magiging prayoridad ay ang kikitain, saan pa pupunta ang mga mahihirap upang magpagamot?” he asked.
Yap, former president of the National Press Club (NPC), added that the privatization purportedly anchored on President Benigno Aquino III’s banner program the public-private partnership (PPP) will deny indigent Filipinos access to health care.
Genuine health care system
Instead of corporatization, Yap said, the government should ram a genuine health care system that would benefit all Filipinos.
Yap cited the increasing number of deaths of mothers and children each year in the Philippines reported by the DOH and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Education Institute.
Pregnancy and delivery complications comprise the 6th leading cause of death of women of childbearing age. 63% of women are considered to be at high health risk.
Agencies concerned should also be investigated
Meanwhile, ALAM President Berteni Causing said because Jane was already charged with violation Article 256 of the Revised Penal Code, he believes that agencies concerned should also be investigated.
Additional charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice might also be filed against Jane’s aunt and uncle for allegedly asking garbage collectors to bury the dead infant, according to probers.
“Kung kakasuhan ng gobyerno si ‘Jane’ ng abortion, dapat din [sigurong] tingnan nila ang pagkukulang ng mga ahensyang dapat sana ay nangangalaga sa mga tao,” Causing pointed out.
“Tulong ang kailangan ng mga babaing napipilitang patayin ang sarili nilang mga anak dahil sa kahirapan. Mga biktima rin ang mga mahihirap dahil sa kawalan ng suporta sa maraming aspeto.”