Decentralization Brings To The Public Health Sector

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Samantha Renee B. Balboa 120387 A Reflection on the Challenges that Decentralization brings to the Public Health Sector Decentralization in the Philippines is when the state is represented by national offices and LGUs or local government units, with provincial, city, municipal, and barangay or village offices. In regards to the public health sector, the Department of Health, LGUs, and the private sector participate, and to some extent, cooperate and collaborate in the care of the population. (Romualdez A, et.al., 2011). Decentralization for public health, in its most positive sense, is tailor-making health services that is specifically needed by a certain region. As defined in Decentralization and Health in the Philippines and Indonesia:…show more content…
The only problem is, when it is not implemented well, it could pose challenges to a region especially since the standards of health governance are never the same in all regions. ARMM, with Maguindanao as a case study, face challenges because of decentralisation and devolution because they are in an internal conflict setting; one of the poorest regions in the country; they lack resources and are given very little public funds and despite having NGOs as partners, they don’t necessarily have the local capacity to oversee devolved health facilities. These challenges can be helped managed through a better implementation of regulations and reforming the public health programs. References Lieberman, S. S. 2002. “Decentralization and Health in the Philippines and Indonesia: An Interim Report”. World Bank, East Asia and Pacific Regional Overview. Romualdez A, et.al., 2011. “The Philippines Health System Review”. World Health Organization. Lee, R. B. 2008. “Delivering Maternal Health Care Services in an Internal Conflict Setting in Maguindanao, Philippines”. Reproductive Health

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