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Solon slams phaseout of charity wards Written by Charlie V. Manalo Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:00

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Solon slams phaseout of charity wards

 Written by Charlie V. Manalo Thursday, 19 July 2012

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño yesterday lambasted the government’s plan to phase out charity wards in 2013.

“Phasing out charity wards is grossly inhumane. This will displace poor patients especially those who are not covered by the PhilHealth sponsored program,” Casiño said.

Charity beds number 42,997 in 703 government hospitals based on government data as of 2006.

Casiño said that six out of 10 Filipinos die without having any medical attention, based on Asian Development Bank Country Partnership Strategy: Philippines (2011 to 2016). This situation may worsen since most patients cannot afford the increasing charges in government hospitals.

Casiño pointed out that out that nearly half of health care costs are paid out-of-pocket. Even those covered by PhilHealth have to pay out of their pockets. Given the limited package and coverage of PhilHeath, the poor will be further disenfranchised of the right to health.

Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines has one of the highest out-of-pocket share at 54.7 percent and one of the lowest government share at only 34.7 percent..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune


 URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/nation/item/1744-solon-slams-phaseout-of-charity-wards

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