12 Jan 2017
- By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
HOUSE Vice Speaker Janet U. Maratita, who supports legislation creating a governing board for the hospital, said it will only be effective if the members, who are gubernatorial appointees, stay out of politics.
Maratita said if and when the bill becomes law, she hopes the board will work for the best interests of the people.
“Again we have to ensure that the board members have a passion to make our healthcare the best in the Pacific and stay out of politics. They have to make sure that it is our people who are first in whatever decisions they need to make, because that is the intent of a governing board — we have to remember that they are there to serve the people first and foremost,” she said in an interview.
“It will be best for our healthcare services, and the board will work well if they have this kind of mentality — people first rather than politicking,” she said.
Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. officials, however, are opposed to the bill, saying it will affect CHCC’s provider agreement with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That agreement allows CHCC to receive federal funding and assistance.
CHCC Chief Executive Officer Estehr Muna earlier said she could not comprehend the Legislature’s decision to pass the bill.
“You had health professionals [opposed to the bill] speaking for their patients, and they were ignored. I’ve never seen that before,” she said.