Promise 19: Improved health infrastructure
''Our health infrastructure needs a boost given the gaps in health facilities. Beginning at the barangay level we will fund 22,000 more barangay health stations, 3,000 more outpatient Rural Health Units and at least 150 more district hospitals.
''This will ensure that health services are not only affordable but also accessible to each family and the whole Filipino community. The Filipino people can expect this from an Aquino administration.
''The Aquino administration will implement all the benefits stipulated in the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers. I am prepared to work closely with LGUs to improve their health services.
''There should be no lack of medicines and instruments in facilities with quality health providers. The Aquino administration will guarantee that the 100 of the most essential drugs in generics are available in every health facility all the time. The Aquino administration will work with toll manufacturers to ensure that this will be a reality.''
April 13, 2014 - Since 2010, the Department of Health has spent more than P43 billion to rehabilitate and equip government health facilities across the country, although majority of them are under the management of local government units. (Continue reading)
April 7, 2014 - A Palace official denied that public health services are being privatized, clarifying that only a small proportion of services will be offered for private use. This, amid reports that government is trying to privatize 70 to 100 government hospitals across the country. (Continue reading)
March 28, 2014 - A group of hospital workers from public Quezon City hospitals, under the umbrella group Alliance of Health Workers (AHW), staged a picket in front of the Supreme Court to urge magistrates of the high court to thumb down the privatization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center. The protest formed part of a series of pickets staged weekly by AHW, in an effort to obtain a favorable ruling in a pending petition against the privatization of the 700-bed capacity hospital. (Continue reading)
March 13, 2014 - President Aquino on Wednesday said the privatization of state hospitals will allow government to improve the facilities. Aquino, who was responding to a question posed to him by a student at the Ateneo Professional Schools where he was a guest speaker, said privatization would ensure that a hospital will be able to service the same number of people, but at the same time get better facilities, better equipment, and make it more viable. (Continue reading)
Feberuary 3, 2014 - A petition was filed with the Supreme Court (SC) that seeks to stop the privatization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center in Quezon City. Indigent patients, health professionals, and the Makabayan bloc at the Lower House filed the petition, arguing that the hospital's privatization violates the right to accessible health care and will gravely deprive poor Filipinos. (Continue reading)
January 28, 2014 - An official from the Department of Health denied there are talks to privatize the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, after patients expressed fear of higher fees once the public-private partnership pushes through. (Continue reading)
August 5, 2013 - The Department of Budget and Management has authorized the release of P2.8 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the construction and repair of government hospitals nationwide. (Continue reading)
February 27, 2012: The Department of Budget and Management released P306.6 million to the Department of Health for the upgrade of hospitals and rural health centers around the country. Of the total, P182.7 million will be used for buildings and structure outlay, while P123.9 million will be for expenses related to hospital machinery and equipment. (Continue reading)
September 7, 2011: President Aquino, in his speech during the inauguration of the Mercado de Bais in September 2011, said the Department of Health, with a budget amounting to P10.9B, will roll out infrastructure development projects through its Health Facilities Enhancement Program. (Continue Reading)