DO you have a memorable Philippine healthcare system story you want to share?
As part of our continuing i Report focus on health and the Filipino this month, we’d like to solicit contributions from our readers about their experience — good or bad — of the delivery of healthcare in the country.
By way of an example, regular PCIJ contributor Dani Molintas starts it all off with her own experience that shows quality healthcare need not cost an arm and a leg.
As Molintas writes, all it cost for her daughter Isis — then a 15-month-old baby suffering her second bout of pneumonia in the span of six months and diagnosed with primary complex — to get well was the price of a bus ticket to Baguio, plus the jeepney fare to her family home in Benguet.
Back in Manila, Molintas is happy that today her daughter is a lively, independent and smart eight-year-old who has not been sick with any major respiratory illness since her recuperation in Benguet.
Looking back, she likens her story with her home province’s own story to free itself from the ignominy of being among the country’s poorest. Today Benguet stands proudly as the only province in the Cordillera Administrative Region that is not found among the country’s 44 poorest provinces.