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DOLE pilots home health-care business in Davao

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (22 January) -- What used to be a distinct business in the United States, home health-care industry is set to be tried out here in the country, Davao in particular.

Home health-care is one of the more effective strategies to reduce hospitalization costs for people who can't afford it.

This service is needed by patients who are medically fit to go home but still need to be cared in a home setting by healthcare professionals.

Josefina Tuazon, Dean of the UP College of Nursing, said that this industry is one answer to absorb the growing number of unemployed nurses in the country and at the same time help out local government units improve the local health care industry.

Report of one of the nurses under the Project NARS, another project of DOLE that provided employment opportunity to unemployed nurses, stated that many patients confined in hospitals were forced to discharge early due to lack of finances to support hospitalization costs.

The healthcare industry, on the other hand, faces an oversupply of registered nurses in the country resulting from the boom in nursing schools from 1980s to 2008. The labor sector then problems how to provide employment opportunities to the unemployed nurses.

Both situations were then addressed by DOLE through its newest program designed for nurses, the EntrepreNURSE.

EntrepreNURSE allows unemployed nurses organize themselves into cooperatives with at least 500 members and provide home health-care services. The money grant from DOLE will then be used to purchase medical equipment to assist them in service delivery. (PIA XI) [top]

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