Health care

Back  in 2007,   a  67  year  old  acquaintance  of  mine,   suddenly suffered  heart  attack  while   preparing  lunch  at his  residence.  He was  immediately rushed to the closest  public  hospital  here in  Madrid,  and  the  doctors  decided  to  put  him under  the knife,  so to speak,  or  undertake  a  by-pass operation.   He  underwent  surgery  two  days  after  and  in a  week’s  time,  after  the  operation,  my  friend  was  up  and  about…of  course…not  in the  sense of “running to and fro”,  but  was  already  able  to  stand  up  and  move around  his  house.   The    speedy  action and  decision of the  medical  doctors  in that  public  hospital in  Madrid  to  submit  him to  a heart  by-pass  saved  the life of that  friend,  and  to  this  moment,  at  the  age  of  71,  he  appears  to have  “renewed”  his   life,  as  he  himself  said,  that  he  is feeling  better  as  days  pass. 

The  quick  decision  to  operate  my friend   was an  example  on how  a  health  care  system  works in a  developed country  like Spain.  To  top  that,   my  friend  did not spend  a  single  cent  for the  operation.  Everything  was  taken care  of,  operation costs,  doctor’s  fees,  medicines,  rehabilitation process,  etc.  

I  could  venture  to  say  that developed  countries are  developed  because  of  the people’s  sound  health  – “Health is wealth” –  as  the  saying  goes,   which  I  think  is  not  alien  to the  Philippines’  Department  of  Health  and  Department of Social Welfare  and  Development.  Certainly,  Philippine  government officials  and  political  leaders  have  already  seen for  themselves  how  health  care  systems  work  while  visiting   other  countries  to  gather   knowledge,  information,  or  further  strengthen  bilateral   relations.    They “scout”  for  ideas,  programs,  techniques,  schemes,  concepts, or  patterns,  that  could  be  adopted  and  applied  in the  Philippine  scenario  on  health  care  as  well as  on  development.    It  appears  though,  that despite  having  spent  millions  on   trips abroad,   there  is  no  sign  that any  of the  things  learnt  outside  could  even  be  adopted  or  could  I say,  even “copied”.  Of course,  a lot  of knowledge  was  acquired,  but  what is holding up our  officials and  politicians  to  provide  an  honest to  goodness health  care  program  to the  people,  remains  a  big  question  mark. 

Health care  development  stems  from  the  public  officials  desire  to meet  the  basic  needs  of the population  and a sound  health  is  a  basic  element in the  lives  of people   to  engage  themselves  in  their day  to day  activities  whether    in  business,  industry,  agriculture,  education  and what  not.   “Health  is  wealth”,  if  I may  reiterate,  but  perhaps  Filipino  political  leaders  have   a  different  way  of  expressing    the  adage  and instead  say  “wealth  is our  health”,   and definitely,  it  holds  true  insofar as they  are  concerned.

See  you  next  time….Eric


But please check out the link  below  which  I  think is  quite  interesting for the  Filipino population.

CCT report reaffirms goal to improve lives

Tell  us  what  you think  about  it.  Regards  to  all.