In the proposed 2008 budget, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the health department is one of the top gainers in terms of budgetary allocations. But the increased budget is still inadequate to ensure a satisfactory level of health services for Filipinos, according to independent think-tank IBON Foundation.

Under the 2008 budget proposal, the Department of Health (DOH) is allocated P16.3 billion. Based on an estimated population of 90.5 million for 2008, this means that government will allocate just P180.29 per Filipino for health services.

The low per capita allocation for health is part of a pattern of government’s neglect of the public health sector, said IBON executive editor Rosario Bella Guzman. The country’s poor, who cannot afford to pay for healthcare and rely on free or subsidized government services, are the most affected by low government spending on health. This is reflected in DOH figures that show that as of 2003, the poorest 20% suffered the most number of infant and child mortality rates.

The poor allocation of the health budget is manifested in the scarce number of public health workers. In 2004, there were only around 4 doctors and 5 nurses for every 100,000 Filipinos.

Government’s skewed priorities can be seen in other budgetary allocations that are given more importance over health spending: debt interest payments are allocated P295 billion or P3,261 per Filipino. Meanwhile, the Department of National Defense will receive P56 billion– or more than three times the allocation for the DOH



  1. pinoyHP Says:

    ‘Filipinos in USA still free of swine flu’

    Independent officials advised Filipinos living and working in the USA to “take precautionary measures” to avoid being infected by the deadly H1N1 ‘swine flu’, which has spread to more than 10 countries.

    There are at least 2,000,000 Filipinos in the USA, and fortunately, so far no reports of Filipinos being infected by the virus which has killed dozens of people in Mexico which borders the southern USA.

    Filipinos in the USA who develop swine flu symptoms should immediately seek medical attention.

    As a precautionary measure, Filipinos without health care insurance are strongly urged to enroll
    in the Filipino Health Plan by going on-line to

    Filipinos in the USA are also urged to constantly inquire for updates regarding H1N1 outbreaks in their local area.

    [send this to a friend]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: