Poe vows better health services for the elderly

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SAN NICOLAS, Pangasinan: Sen. Grace Poe reached out to senior citizens when she returned to her home province of Pangasinan, where she vowed to improve healthcare for the elderly.

In a campaign sortie in San Nicolas town on Wednesday, Poe said the government should make sure that local communities have full access to essential medicines.

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) figures in 2012 showed that medicines account for more than half of out-of-pocket expenditures of Filipino patients.

A December 2015 survey of Pulse Asia also found that health was the top concern of Filipinos.


“Ang gusto natin ay ito: Ang mga maintenance medicines ninyo, dapat mas mabilis, mas madali ninyong makukuha, para sa diabetes, high blood o kung ano pa man. At kung hindi ninyo mababayaran, dapat mabibigay pa rin sa inyo ng gobyerno [What we want is this: You should be able to get your maintenance medicines faster and easier, whether for diabetes, high blood pressure or anything else. The government should still provide you these medicines even if you can’t pay for them],” Poe said.

Public facilities, she added, must be well-equipped to effectively serve the marginalized sectors of society such as the elderly.

The PSA found that 66 percent of Filipinos seek medical care from public hospitals, rural health units and barangay (village) health centers.

This is particularly true among the poorest Filipinos who use public health facilities 90 percent of the time.

“Ang ating mga barangay health centers ay dapat kumpleto ang pagbigay ng lunas sa inyong mga pangangailangan araw-araw. Ubo man o kaya sakit ng katawan o may lagnat. Hindi lamang sa ospital lang pumupunta [Barangay health centers should be able to provide for your medical needs daily, whether you have cough or fever of malaise. So that you will not have to always go to a hospital],” Poe said.

The lone independent presidential aspirant also wants a government program that will provide employment for senior citizens who are still physically able and mentally sharp to work again.

Senior citizens constitute seven percent or around six million of the Philippine household population in 2010.

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  1. Gusto ko iyan Senator Grace Poe .Maraming mga matatanda ang matutuwa sa iyo .kailangang-kailanga nila ang ganitong tulong dahil hindi na sila makapagtrabaho .Senator Grace continue to fight for the poor elderly and many marginalized filipino.

  2. A better health services for the poor by giving maintenance medications for diabetes and high blood pressures for free, at the expense of the government. If recipients cannot afford to pay, the government should still give to them anyway. The barangay health centers should have the basic medications needed and be given to people in need, so that they do not always have to go to the hospital.

    These diabetes and high blood pressure medications alone,are fairly expensive and filling up all the barangay health centers in the country, with basic medications such as these will drain the Department of Health budget in two months. Sen,. Grace Poe thinks she is still in the U.S. that medical necessity are readily available to everyone, regardless of who you are. Therefore, I think, this promise cannot be achieved politically, and very unrealistic.

    It would have been more realistic if a candidate promise to push legislations to increase the Department of Health budget to deal with these basic maintenance medications for poor elderly.

  3. Sa ating bansa na mapagmahal sa mga matatanda, hindi hahayaan ni Grace Poe na mawala ang ganitong ugali ng mga pilipino kaya hindi niya hahayaan na mapasawalang bahala lamang ang mga matatanda, kaya lahat ng mga pangangailangan ng mga mattanda e ibibigay ni Grace Poe

  4. Dapat lang naman talaga yun lalo na ngayon sa sobrang mahal ng mga gamot ang bayad sa ospital maraming kababayan natin na may edad na hindi nakakapagpapatingin sa Doktor dahil sa kakulangan sa budget. Kaya ako saludo ako sa magandalng plano na ito ni Sen Grace Poe dapat lang pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga matatanda dahil hindi na mahaba ang kanilang itatagal sa mundo kaya dapat makatikim sila ng magandang serbisyo.