By: Elena Grace Flores
If Obama’s $healthcare program is crazy, try the Philippines’ poor healthcare benefits from the government. If you are seriously sick and broke, can your local government help you? Makati residents may not have problems with this but the rest of the country do.
[VIDEO]: Former Vice President Jejomar Binay was already on his preventive healthcare campaign as his term ended. Watch the video what preventive healthcare is.
The ex-Vice President can only do so much
During the term of former Vice President Binay, he was campaigning already for preventive healthcare. Prevention is the best cure they say. Vaccinations are already compulsory in Barangays. Basic medical supplies in most health centers were also distributed. The DOH also promoted dancing and other exercises in their sanitary efforts to avoid dengue plus other exercises. But lifestyle change can only be fully implemented by each individual.
Far from becoming $healthcare
Binay had a good point in promoting preventive healthcare. It does not cost the government too much money. It’s educating and promoting healthy, lifestyle that matters most. The result would be minimized cases of diabetes, cancer, and other stress-related diseases. This should be continued by the new Vice President Leni Robredo.
Major Facts about Preventive Healthcare
Makati healthcare benefits are not extended to most parts of the country because of budget constraints. The national government’s allocation to each city and municipality cannot give quality healthcare services to their multitude constituents. Unlike in Makati, the Binays founded their own foundation to legally ask for donors and other private corporations to help in improving such facilities and medical supplies.
Calling V.P. Robredo to Continue Supporting Preventive Healthcare
As presented in the OVP website, Binay’s plea can be read: http://www.ovp.gov.ph/index.php/20-press-release/social-welfare/530-bring-preventive-health-care-to-the-people-vp-binay This is crucial to Filipinos since hospitalization is the biggest expense of families and therefore the main worry of the country’s citizens. V.P. Robredo still has quite a task to do in this field and she needs ample support from local leaders as well.