People of the world’s countries, including Myanmar, demand Universal Health Coverage (UHC) of good quality to ensure their access to healthcare services for disease prevention and cure, palliation, health promotion, and rehabilitation.
The health services in Myanmar are offered by both the public and private sectors.
Besides, our people are relying on people’s hospital for health care service as the cost at the people’s hospital is not a financial burden for them in compared with the cost at the private hospitals.
With free health care service, people’s hospitals are playing a crucial role in providing health care services to the people in Myanmar, especially for the people at the grassroot level.
The healthcare professionals and workers are the sine qua non for an efficient and effective healthcare system and their shortage is an impediment to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals.
Hence, the country is producing doctors every year, but the total number of doctors at the hospitals nationwide do not reach over one thousand. Therefore, the imbalance physician-to-patient ratio has been a headache for our country for years, and the Ministry of Health and Sports have to handle this issue every year. Now, there are about 10,000 vacancies for doctors at hospitals to meet the need of the organizational set up for the healthcare system.
With the CDM movement, doctors working for the people’s hospitals walked out of the hospitals, and it has been a blow to the country’s health care system.
The healthcare professionals and workers are the sine qua non for an efficient and effective healthcare system and their shortage is an impediment to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals. This situation has directly affected the people who need health care at hospitals.
Medical professionals have to take the Hippocratic oath and use it as ethnics as well.
With the oath-taking, they have to declare their commitment to assume the responsibilities and obligations of the medical profession and have to promise that they will, to the best of their ability, serve humanity—caring for the sick, promoting good health, and alleviating pain and suffering.
With people who are in need of medical care at the people’s hospitals, doctors, while accepting responsibility for patient safety and promising to act professionally, should practice medicine without considerations of political affiliation.