ZCMC in priority list for upgrading — DOH PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 13:51

The Zamboanga City Medical Center is one of 25 top government run hospitals nationwide listed to get priority funds for upgrading from the Department of Health this year.

This was jointly bared by Health Regional Director Dr. Gines Baluma and City 2nd District Rep. Erbie A. Fabian in the program ‘Cuentas Claras’ which airs this Saturday.

Dr. Baluma said the Health Department is prioritizing the upgrading of these hospitals in answer to growing clamor from the people for improved health care across the country.

Fabian, who hosts the program, confirmed this as he reported congress worked for additional funding to such hospitals to improve basic health care facilities especially in the provinces.

Fabian is a member of both Congressional Committees on Health and Appropriations which has jurisdiction over matters on health care.

Baluma said it was true the Department is looking at the possibility of privatizing government hospitals but said the plan is not likely to become immediate citing implications over huge number of charity cases involving indigents currently patronizing such hospitals because of relatively low cost of health care services and medicines dispensed.

Precisely why the DOH is moving towards privatizing hospitals is to lure private investors to pour in more money into health care by taking over these hospitals to reinforce government funding for health.

Dr. Baluma added they in the DOH themselves are evaluating closely the effects of the privatization plan and will make periodic assessments which could help in the direction DOH is taking over the fate of government hospitals such as the Zamboanga City Medical Center.