Good morning, I am KHG, convenor and catalyst of this summit. Our objective in holding this event is to generate attention and participation in the complex issue of health systems. Often, in attempting to discuss health sector problems, I feel like this fellow here. Pls., Don’t shoot the messenger.
I want to thank the 4 academic institutions who agreed to co-host this event. We deliberately did not round up only the usual suspects for this summit because we wanted a broader, out-of-the-box discussion.
We Filipinos are lost in a healthcare maze. How do we get out of it?
Why are the poor subsidizing the rich?
Why are cars covered by more comprehensive insurance than our health?
We may be number one at some things but why do we lag behind in important parameters such as maternal and child health?
Why have countries like Thailand achieved universal health care while we haven’t?
Clearly, it’s time to re-evaluate things: Are doctors part of the problem?
Are hospitals part of the problem?
Is the lack of health care really an issue of money? If so, how could a 4th-class municipality have provided social health insurance for all its residents?
Mindanao is one of the most disenfranchised places in the country when it comes to health. Is health related to national security?
History will look kindly on the leader who will leave the legacy of universal health care. And we want to help. Is health really on the agenda of our political leaders?
Summit introductory slides by Dr. Kenneth Hartigan Go