PM hits DOH for “poor eyesight”
Militant labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) derided Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona’s press briefing statement that they “could not locate the addresses of the poor in order to deliver their PhilHealth cards.” This is totally absurd because the poor can be found queuing where ever there is available health assistance to as low as P200 – charity windows of hospitals, district and Congress offices of House and Senate members, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, urban poor communities including danger zones, etc.
Likewise, LGUs are very much connected with local public hospitals where the poor seek health services every day. Does this mean that the DOH has become like local officials who can only identify the poor during elections?
It is a shame that the Health Department does not have only “poor eyesight” but has, likewise, become an expert in making poor excuses in its failure to deliver quality health services to poor Filipinos.
Since it seems the Health Department has ran out of ideas, PM demands that PhilHealth and the DOH allow poor members of people’s organizations to troop in groups to local hospitals to sign up for PhilHealth membership. This way, the poor themselves will get their PhilHealth cards upon signing up to save the DOH from further difficulties and embarrassment.
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
1 August 2013
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