I almost fell off my seat when I read on newspapers recently a statement from Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque that the Philippines may soon import health workers from abroad if the exodus of our medical professionals continues unabated.
Has he lost his mind? If the government couldn’t even afford to provide decent pay for our own doctors and nurses here in the country, which is the reason why they leave for abroad in the first place, then how the hell can we afford to pay those who we are about to import?
Duque’s statement clearly bodes ill for the future of the country’s health care system. He, in effect, is saying that the export of our health workers has become an official policy of this regime that it intends to do nothing to stop this exodus despite its fatal effects in the country’s already tottering health. That instead of addressing the root causes of why our doctors and nurses leave in droves, the government sees overseas recruitment as the solution.
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