PPP Center pushes 26 billion pesos of PGH projects
MANILA, Philippines – The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to force the government to invest more resources in the health system with support from the private sector to better prepare for future crises.
The Center for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) said the health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic has highlighted the urgent need to invest in the delivery of health care.
Since last year, the pandemic has highlighted the serious weakness of health systems around the world and exacerbated the gaps in the quality and service of health care.
The Philippines, for its part, has not escaped the stresses encountered during the pandemic, particularly at the height of the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The PPP Center pointed out that the adoption of the Universal Health Care Act in 2019 serves as the legislative and regulatory framework for much needed health system reforms.
“As investments in health care can result in significant costs to the public sector, PPP is one of the possible delivery mechanisms for the government to achieve UHC and ensure resilient health systems,” said PPP. Center.
“The public sector should also benefit from the efficiency gains, innovation and expertise that the private sector can bring to health systems,” he said.
With this in mind, the attached agency of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) lobbied for two projects at the University of the Philippines and the Philippine General Hospital (UP PGH) that should improve access to top-notch medical facilities.
These are the 21.3 billion peso UP PGH Diliman project and the 4.58 billion peso UP Manila Cancer Center project, which are among the government’s flagship infrastructure projects.
The two health projects are currently being evaluated and approved by the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee.
The 21.3 billion peso UP PGH Diliman project aims to build a world-class 700-bed hospital with integrated healthcare, education and research facilities and specialist services that are not readily available in d ‘other public hospitals.
It will also complement and strengthen the capacity of UP PGH Manila to meet the medical needs of the poor and overcrowding issues.
As a teaching and research hospital with multi-specialty capabilities, the Diliman project will house both the College of Medicine and Genomic Cancer Research.
On the other hand, the 4.58 billion pesos UP PGH Cancer Center, which will be located in PGH Manila, will be the first dedicated cancer hospital in Metro Manila with a capacity of 200 to 300 beds, offering a Affordable, world-class comprehensive cancer treatment. for public and private patients.
As part of a build-operate-transfer program, the cancer center will serve both charitable and private patients.
The private sector partner will design, finance, build and commission an entirely new hospital with separate areas for charity patients and fee-paying patients.
It will also supply equipment, maintain and manage the facilities, as well as all non-clinical services to the entire hospital on a 30-year concession proposal.