By: Elena Grace Flores
YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos
Philippine Healthcare System
Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque
Bongbong Marcos said that the Department of Health and the Philippine Healthcare system officials must be trustworthy. This is ideally from top to bottom. However, whistleblowers implicate DOH Secretary Francisco Duque during the senate hearings. He may be the mafia king of the Philhealth scam. Transparency on their operations seems to be vague, Marcos observes. That alone made the country’s healthcare insufficient for the people’s needs.
The Philhealth Scam
The Philippine Healthcare system known as Philhealth is now on the hot seat because anomalies are found in various transactions. It’s a long chain of connivance. Bongbong Marcos calls it the nest of corruption because of the massive fraud. In one instance, the number of claims exceeds that of the number of in-patients in that specific area. So, the overcharging by more than a hundred can be worth millions of pesos.
Word Class Filipino Healthcare Professionals
The hospitals in the US and UK cannot function fully without the Filipino healthcare professionals there because of their great number. They are sought-after in many countries. Locally, the number is not enough. This is because of lack of compensation, said Marcos. The government must take care of and protect them. This is crucial especially during the pandemic to serve the people better. These healthcare workers need not go abroad if there are better opportunities here.