Monthly Archives: April 2007

Podcast: Public health and politics in Isabela

THERE were no hospitals in Cordon, Isabela when Inesita Javonillo was a child.

Now, the 72-year-old Javonillo is the medical director of her own hospital. All four of her children have followed in her footsteps, with her youngest child about to earn his medical degree.

Dr. Javonillo says that the change she likes the most in Isabela is that the poor now have access to hospitalization, thanks to Governor Grace Padaca’s PhilHealth program. As a doctor, she saw firsthand that the poor could not afford tests such as CT scans and ultrasounds, and even something as basic as an x-ray.

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