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An ‘unhealthy’ proposal: Aquino to cut budget for health services

philippine-hospitalIn his budget message for 2011, Aquino boasted of a spending based on “reform” and one that has “bias to the poor and vulnerable.” However, this claim is difficult to understand when the allocation for public health, an important social service, is being reduced.

Despite the rising cases of dengue and other infectious diseases, and the horror tales of long lines, lack of medicines, lack of beds and rooms, and shortage of doctors and nurses and in our public hospitals, the Aquino government is slashing the health budget for 2011.