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What will happen to Fabella Hospital under a Duterte administration? Incoming DOH chief bares the plan

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The Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital has been in the news lately after its healthworkers protested over reported plans that it will soon be demolished once the private sector takes over but it’s not what’s going to happen.

Incoming Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial said what the national maternity hospital will undergo is a major overhaul through ‘corporatization’ and not ‘privatization’ as some people thought and believed.

“It is not privatization. It’s corporatization like the Philippine Heart Center, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, the Lung Center, and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. These are government-owned corporations, so hindi po sila na-privatize, they are still government,” Ubial said over DZEC Radyo Agila, Thursday (June 16).

Ubial said the hospital’s operations will go through some changes so it can generate revenues on its own as the government cannot sustain its funding for services and facilities in the long-run.

“So, right now, Fabella and the other big DOH hospitals ‘yan po ang direksyon. It’s corporatization. Pero hindi po natin i-pri-privatize. We will improve the services of the hospital,” the Health Secretary-designate added.

Impoverished mothers and other patients will still be able to afford the services of the hospital, Ubial said, in accordance with the incoming president’s instruction to prioritize the poor and the marginalized.

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