EDITORIAL : Pangasinan’s expensive public health services
Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. celebrated his birthday and said that services given by private hospitals must not be different with the services of public hospitals.
“Ang pagsisilbi natin dapat walang pinag-iba sa private hospitals. Kung ano ang maibibigay at makikita sa private hospitals, dapat maibigay din ng mga government hospitals,” Espino said.
A mother who gave birth at the Don Amadeo Perez Memorial Hospital had to borrow from friends and family to be able to pay the hospital bill in the amount of P14,000.00 before mother and her child were discharged.
Don Amadeo Perez Memorial Hospital in Urdaneta City is a government hospital run by the provincial government.
The best health condition of the people Pangasinan is not the outcome of more hospitals and clinics or more medicines and drugs alone. A healthy Pangasinan will not come about by according services made by private hospitals the same as those provided by public hospitals among the people.
Delivery of basic health services by painting hospitals yellow will not improve the health conditions of the people of Pangasinan and the dream of having healthy people will remain an empty political promise at best.
Yes we can see pictures of how ugly the hospitals were then and appreciate how beautiful they are now but many say that the delivery of medical care and services has deteriorated.
The provincial government may have won the battle in terms of pleasing the eyes of those who need medical care but has lost the war in providing cheap and substantial medical services to Pangasinan.
A health of the people of Pangasinan contributes to economic wealth and it is not a matter of just having newly painted and newly equipped hospitals.
The status of the peoples’ health is not just about Philhealth cards, hospitals, equipment and medical practitioners but it is also about how the provincial government views public health delivery.
There are direct and indirect factors that affect the health status of the people of Pangasinan like having a decent job.
The people of Pangasinan should be afforded universal access to health care at affordable cost.
The patients and their loved ones, after asking from friend and family, resort to practically knocking and begging for alms from politicians to be able to defray hospitalization expenses. People are not mere objects of mercy or charity.
A mother who gave birth at the Don Amadeo Perez Memorial Hospital was billed P30,000.00 had no money so she escaped with her baby from the hospital and have not returned to their place of residence.
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