Pampanga, Philippines — The provincial government of Pampanga is launching a preventive health care system that was designed to benefit the poor citizen in the province as well as in nearby Central Luzon provinces, according to former Philippine President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
The preventive health care system beneficiaries would be households receiving conditional cash rewards from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Instead of just operating a provincial hospital and 10 district medical facilities, the provincial government of Pampanga would also be deploying four mobile medical and diagnostic clinics to poverty-stricken areas.
During the meeting of President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte in Davao, he instructed the Department of Health secretary to mirror the Cuban health care system in the Philippines.
Governor Lilia Garcia-Pineda said that the provincial government will focus on crafting pro-active health care programs that will focus on preventing people from acquiring a communicable diseases rather than curing them. According to Arroyo, Pineda told her that she wants to pioneer the 100 percent household checkup in the province before its implementation nationwide.
The aforementioned health care program was copied from Cuba, and with the adoption of the Cuban model was in line with the health care program of the Duterte administration, Gloria Arroyo said after some 300 public health professionals during a forum here on Wednesday.
“The Cuban government had no connection with the outside world so it relied on its own budget. It did so much with a little budget, using only public hospitals,” Arroyo said.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said that the provincial government could fare well because there would be more medical practitioners for the province of Pampanga.
The Cuban health care system was internationally recognized for its excellence and its efficiency. The Cuban healthcare programs focuses on preventing its people from getting diseases rather than curing them after they get sick.