Palace hopes lawmakers understand need for privatization of hospitals

March 31, 2014 9:24 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, March 30 (PNA) — Following the filing of a bill by a lawmaker that seek to stop the ongoing privatization of a number of government-owned hospitals, Malacanang on Sunday urged the measure's proponent to have a deeper understanding on its importance.

The bill known as the Government Hospitals’ Privatization Prohibition Act (HB 3994) prohibits the Department of Health (DOH) from privatizing, selling or offering for sale government hospitals in the country.

It was filed by Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, who said that privatizing hospitals, would increase costs making it a bigger problem for the poor.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in an interview on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan said public and private partnership (PPP) was necessary to improve the country’s health facilities.

“Patuloy pong humahanap ng mainam na paraan ang ating pamahalaan upang matugunan ang mahalagang isyu hinggil sa kalusugan at kabutihang kalagayan ng ating mga mamamayan,” Coloma said.

“Isa po diyan ‘yung paghanap ng ibang paraan kung paano po magkakaroon ng modernisasyon sa ating health sector,” he added.

He then encouraged those against the PPP scheme to instead participate in the government’s efforts to perk up the country’s health sector.

“Sana po ay unawain ng ating mga mambabatas ang layunin ng ating pamahalaan hinggil dito at makipagtulungan po sila sa pagkamit ng iisang layunin,” Coloma said. (PNA)

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