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PIA Press Release
2009/10/12

NVizcaya solon supports optional nationalization of government hospitals

Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya (October 12) -- Stressing the insufficient funding support of the national government compared to the overwhelming budgetary support of local government units for government hospitals in the country, Representative Carlos Padilla said he is supporting the optional centralization of government hospitals.

Speaking before the blessing and inauguration of the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital's P8.5 million private ward extension and P2.8 million administrative building in barangay San Antonio North here, said the recent study on the plight of government hospitals after 10 years of their devolution to local government units said that most hospitals have remained dilapidated.

"The present stigma of patients at present is that most government hospitals are poor in sanitation and services. But hospitals who can subsidize their health services well should be retained as such," Padilla said.

According to Padilla, there is a need to increase the budgetary support of the national government to the health sector.

He cited that while the budget of the Department of Health(DOH) is only about 2 percent of the national government's overall budget, the provincial government here has allocated 29 percent of their total budget for health services.

"If we want to progress, we have to use human resources through health and education. With this therefore, the national government should increase its budget for its health sector. Anyway, its investment will affect our families who belong to the lowest strata of the society," he said.# (bme/PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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