Privitization of Public Hospitals

Philippines
November 8, 2012 1:42am CST
I read in one of the blogs I followed that some of the public hospitals here in our country will be sold to bidders and will eventually became private. This only means that charges on the said hospitals will be higher. In connection to this, how about our indigent fellow Filipinos that rely on such hospitals? Will this mean that they will just lie in their bed and wait for their death? Does it mean that citizens which belong to the lower class will have no right to get sick? What are your opinions about this one? Good day!
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@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
This had been an item in the news weeks ago. This will have a great impact on the health concerns of ordinary citizens who don't have enough money for hospitalization expenses. If the government will adapt this, it is almost tantamount to depriving the poor or majority of the citizenry the right to proper medical care knowing how rates of private hospital services are.
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
Yes, many citizen that belongs to the poor status greatly rely on this hospitals since they could not afford the private ones. If these hospitals will be turned into private one, fees might possibly doubled ot tripled.
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@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
9 Nov 12
Most probably and the poor who can't afford paying high hospital bills may either resort to faith healers or just suffer whatever ailment they have in agony and wait for it to end forever.
• Philippines
10 Nov 12
I think that will be one of the best way to get well. I know that there are natural doctors that will teach healing by natural means. I think I am more of that rather than going to hospital which I feel I get even worse when I will have the bill. hahaha.
@rsa101 (13347)
• Philippines
9 Nov 12
It has advantages and disadvantages for many of us. With privatization we can expect a much higher fees as compared to what the government charges. We have to understand that the buyers would be buying this investment of course for profit. The advantages of this one is we can expect the improvement of the services and maybe the facilities of the hospital since if it will be privatize they will have to improve their services so they can justify the increase in fees they will charge to their patients.
• Philippines
10 Nov 12
That is one of the disadvantage of privatization of hospitals wherein only few patients will have the ability to pay for the bills. On the other hand, upon privatization, there willbe really a great effect not only on the facility but in the services too. In my opinion, government should think twice before doing this move. I just hope they consider the majority before doing this.
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@rsa101 (13347)
• Philippines
12 Nov 12
Yes I guess selling this institution would mean that the marginalized people of our society would have difficulty in getting cheaper medical assistance since once privatized they cannot afford to charged the same since they would need to have to get some return on the investment they will have on their acquired assets. I think the best option would be to sell those hospitals that are not performing well and retain some like the PGH and other hospitals that are known to be served by the government.
@Metatronik (5779)
• Philippines
11 Nov 12
I haven't read anything regarding that matter but I hope there would be still a chance for indigent to be accomodate in the hospitals to cure their sickness.
• Philippines
11 Nov 12
This is one good suggestion, even they are going to be privatized, there should be still wards for the indigent ones. Perhaps, they should think much on how to serve poor families before selling the public hospitals to private companies.
@romzee (938)
• Philippines
10 Nov 12
This is what we have to endure for electing government officials who come from well to do family and don't really understood how to be poor. What's next? That it is now illegal to be sick without money? And what government hospital will they privatized? The big ones, the like of PGH, or the San Lazaro hospital which caters for thousands and thousands of poor sick Filipinos in Metro Manila? If they privatized this big government hospitals where will those poor individuals goes for treatment? Why don't they just shoot them in the head because they are just burden to the government expenditures. Yes, if they privatized this hospitals, surely there will be much improvement in health care services they can provide. But who will benefits from it? Will they serve the poor people who can't afford their "quality health care services"? The government is running away from its duty to give the people the health care they need, instead of putting more moneys for government hospitals now they want to take away those hospitals that care for poor people and privatized them. What a shame! Have a nice evening Ciao!
• Philippines
11 Nov 12
Yes, PGH, San lazaro as well as the Philippine Orthopedis hospitals are in the list of hospitals to be sold in private company who will made the bigggest bid. Yes, these hospitals accomodates not only the poor families in Metro Manila but in other province too. If this will be privatized, poor people will have no right to get sick because they cannot afford to go to these hospitals. I think you are right, this is one indirect way of running away from the health care of such people by the government.
@janevi (889)
• Philippines
9 Nov 12
hello asdomencil. if privatization will lad to better health services, why not? but if it will just widen the gap between the rich and the poor then the government is not really doing its responsibility to its citizens that is ' to provide equal and quality health services for all'. better and quality health services is a RIGHT of every person that has to be provided for by the government. everybody do not like to get sick especially in our times because it is too expensive to get sick. but there are really instances that one cannot avoid to get sick because of poor health practices too.
• Philippines
10 Nov 12
I think you got a point, privatization will really improve the health services by the hospitals but this will really adds gap between the rich and the poor.
@prashu228 (6056)
• India
8 Nov 12
oh that's so sad, privatization of hospitals is not good ,the treatment may not reach the poor. The charges may be increased and only the higher class people can afford them. In our country there are already many private hospitals and the treatment in government hospitals is not at all worthy , no proper medicine is available, and also surroundings of the hospitals are really bad.
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
Yes, I observed that many government or public hospitals does not have the same look as the private ones. However, privitization of might change the image of the hospitals and services but only few can afford to go hospitalized since the fees will definitely increased.
@jaiho2009 (36773)
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
If this has to happen that means revolution. Majority in our country belongs to the poor status and how could our government kill the citizen of this country- (where is justice) Hope the government officials think twice before people will chase them and get them down- not on their knees but worse than we thought.
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
Yes, I just hope that they should think the majority and not just the income they will generate in selling the said hospitals to private institutions.
@Shavkat (15824)
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
If this happens, the people will suffer. Not all Filipinos are still in poverty, they can not afford if it will happen. Have great day!
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
You are right, majority of our citizens could not afford to go to private hospitals.
@WakeUpKitty (8721)
• Netherlands
8 Nov 12
Most people have no right to get sick if it comes to that. It's the same over here. You always have to pay the bill. You are forced to have a health insurance no matter if you are sick or not or will ever need it. Even with that you still have to pay the biggest part (or everything) yourself. You are not allowed to go to hospital yourself (includes first aid). You have to call your doctor first, make an appointment, pay for that and if he/she thinks that.. you can go to hospital. They kick you out early and sell the same bed that day again to someone else. It doesn't matter if the hospital is private or not (I think by now most are the way they are working which means: making money since it's a business) you have to pay. If you can not pay you are not welcome (you need to be registered at the hospital too, incl. ID and your picture!). I am not happy with it, think it's a shame but it works like that everywhere. Hospitals, lawyers, schools/education.. if you have money you have rights, way more rights. If you do not have the money you are forced to pay but you have no rights at all.
• Philippines
8 Nov 12
If this really happened here in our country many citizen will be affected and suffer. Just like one time they rushed my son to the hospital due to accidentaly burned (we are still on the way to the hospital). According to my grandmother, they did not make first aid in the emergency room until they paid the initial expenses. They thought that those who brought my son to the hospital does not have any money. They asked how much will be the expenses and when they already paid for that amount, they imemdiately attended my son. They when we returned to the hospital for the check up, upon knowing that we had insurance, they quickly advised us to let our son confined even the burn was already healed and started to dry.