In a protest action, Feb. 12, dialysis patients decry the scrapping of 80 percent discount for charity patients at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.
Since Oct. 3, seven peritoneal dialysis patients have died, as the NKTI had denied services to some 1,000 patients.
“We refused to be deceived. We do not believe that the NKTI do not have money for the health workers’ CNA incentive.”
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
The costs of health services in earlier corporatized government hospitals such as the Philippine Heart Center, the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP), National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) and Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) belie the government’s claim that privatization will lead to more “accessible and affordable health care” for the poor.
By MARYA SALAMAT
Forming his team to set the direction of change or political payback? So far, except for Justice Sec. Leila de Lima, the Cabinet of Pres. Benigno Aquino III is a mixture of key figures in his campaign, representatives of big business, and old hands of the former Arroyo administration.