health care in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on health care in the Philippines

ARTICLE FINDER

[OPINION] Medicine needs to evolve with Darwin

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:24 PM

'[B]iology should always be the principal core of medical education, not just a preface to it'

[OPINION] Clinical clerkship: Being next in line in the pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Had I known this pandemic would occur, would I still have pursued the 4 grueling years of medical school, only to be put on the front lines?'

[OPINION] Health inequity: The real health issue in our coronavirus response

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'COVID-19 doesn’t get more discriminating than this'

[OPINION] Medicine has its own cancer that needs curing

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Health is inextricably linked with politics'

[OPINION] Why are we still defining 'mass testing' when dengue's about to arrive?

Jun 02, 2020 - 12:58 PM

'As the government is still defining terms, trying to find the most appropriate alibi for their indecisiveness, the country is slowly drifting towards a more precarious situation, because another infectious visitor is about to return with the incoming wet season'

[ANALYSIS] There's still much work to do to curb this virus in the PH

May 21, 2020 - 10:48 AM

'We are victims of the long-run neglect in the health and hospital systems of the country'

[OPINION] The trials of being a Filipina nurse with a foreign surname

May 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'For now, my wish is that no other half-Filipina nurse – or any other nurse for that matter – would have to go through the same experience I did'

[OPINION] Perspectives on building the new health normal beyond the coronavirus

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:59 AM

'The health system remains to be defined by health inequality and inequity across the rich-poor and urban-rural spectra. This is compounded by a fragmented healthcare delivery system...and a decentralized form of health governance'

[OPINION] Telemedicine and the digitization of health care

Apr 20, 2020 - 1:56 PM

'In cases where the benefits of physical interaction may be outweighed by the risks of disease, danger, or distance, telemedicine presents a promising and novel alternative'

[OPINION] The state of Filipino nurses, before and during the coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 1:30 PM

'Hindi po kami under sa mga doktor.... We work with doctors, not for them.'

[OPINION] Collateral damage in the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:57 PM

'The first collateral damage in this pandemic are the other patients stricken with diseases not related to COVID-19, but are just as deserving of life-saving care'

[OPINION] Paranoia, 'praning': The fate of the immunocompromised

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:55 PM

'As a kidney transplant patient, my husband has to take anti-rejection drugs. These drugs weaken my husband’s immune system.'

[OPINION] We have to support our health workers

Mar 15, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'It’s a very dangerous game we play when resiliency is our only card'

[OPINION] #CourageOn: A daughter gives her kidney to her father

Feb 07, 2020 - 1:36 PM

His melancholic voice woke me in the middle of my deep sleep. 'Inday, pwede ba naku pangayuon imung kidney? (May I ask for your other kidney?)'

[OPINION] His ordeal is ours too: Thoughts on my father's cancer

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'When the first doctor told us that he had 6 months to live, we wouldn’t hear of it.... We never wasted time and sought all possible means for our father to survive.'

[OPINION] Understanding the esophagus

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:07 AM

It used to be that when the word esophagus was mentioned, the reaction would be 'eso-what?' Now, Barrett's esophagus has become a familiar term thanks to media reportage.

Duque wants national government control over health services in poor LGUs

Oct 31, 2019 - 12:18 PM

'There are LGUs that do not prioritize health. [It's the] constituents who suffer,” says Health secretary Francisco Duque III

SELECTIVE RENATIONALIZATION. Renationalizing health care in poor communities could doctor the patchy implementation of certain health programs, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

PH health care, infra, institutions among worst in the world – WEF

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippines is down 8 spots in the World Economic Forum's 2019 Global Competitiveness Report

Lawmakers to DOH: Why only 33 areas for Universal Health Care rollout?

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III cites 'limitations' such as budgetary constraints as among the reasons

Expiring meds, lack of infra derail Duterte's universal health care law

Jul 26, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The health department has the money it needs to implement Duterte's landmark law, but there is poor implementation of programs, from procurement of medicines to building health facilities

HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. The Universal Health Care Law was signed into law in February 2019, a landmark measure that aims to provide free healthcare for all. File photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What Filipinos can expect from the Universal Health Care Law

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:27 PM

All Filipinos will be granted health coverage but not everything will be free. Here's what you can expect.

PANOORIN: Universal health care – ano pa ang kulang?

Mar 30, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Paliwanag ng ekonomistang si JC Punongbayan, panimulang hakbang lang ang batas na ito. Marami pang dapat gawin para maging tunay na pangkalahatan ang healthcare sa bansa.

Who should be credited for the passage of the universal health care law?

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The landmark universal health care law is not any lawmaker's single-handed achievement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremonial signing of the Revised Corporation Code and the Universal Health Care Act at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2019. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH: Enough funds to implement universal health care law

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also renews his appeal for lawmakers to pass measures to sustain the new law, such as higher taxes for tobacco and alcohol products

ENOUGH FUNDS. Health officials and lawmakers give assurances of adequate funding for the Universal Health Care Law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Universal healthcare: Why we’re still not quite there yet

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:20 PM

If only for the added assurance and security it offers – and the direction it decisively sets for the healthcare sector at large – the Universal Health Care Act is a very welcome development

Duterte signs universal health care law

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The measure intends to provide health care for all Filipinos so financial problems will not get in the way of seeking medical attention

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

[OPINION] Mistrust in vaccination reflects mistrust in broken health system

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:17 AM

The fear stoked by the lack of accountability cannot be quelled by diverting the issue from the root cause of the alleged hysteria, especially when there have been gaps in achieving vaccination targets for several years

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Bicam approves universal health care bill

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If the bill is signed into law, all Filipinos would get 'immediate eligibility' for and access to the full spectrum of health care

APPROVED. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives approved a reconciled version of the universal health care bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

WHO to PH: 'Real investment' in universal health care 'needs to happen'

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:29 PM

WHO Country Representative Gundo Weiler says the agency also supports calls to increase tobacco taxes from P32.50 per pack to P90

HEALTH INVESTMENT. The World Health Organization said the Philippines needed to ensure funding for universal health care. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P257B needed for first year of universal health care coverage – DOH

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Increasing the excise tax on cigarettes from P32.50 per pack to P90 will also discourage smoking and lessen incidents of tobacco-related diseases, says Health Secretary Duque

FUNDS. A major source of funding for the proposed universal health care law will be revenue collected from the sin tax. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate approves universal health care bill

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But the measure is still far from being enacted as lawmakers will have reconcile the different provisions of the Senate and House of Representatives versions

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

[OPINION] Bringing care back to health care

Sep 22, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Governments should go beyond the question of access and keep in mind that quality health care has nothing to do with anyone's capacity to pay

Senate eyes passage of universal health care bill by October

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:43 PM

But committee chair Senator JV Ejercito says the current squabble over Malacañang's decision to revoke Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty is 'affecting' the passage of bills

HEALTH CARE. (L-R) Kabayan representative Ron Salo, Quezon 4th district representative Angelina Tan, Senator JV Ejercito, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque, Senator Risa Hontiveros push for the passage of the universal health care bill. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[OPINION] Tax carbon emitters, use new revenue for health care

Aug 23, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Will our lawmakers seize this golden opportunity or will they resign us to a future of unintended consequences?

Duterte urges 'speedy passage' of universal health care bill

Jul 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM

While the House has passed its version of the bill, the counterpart measure in the Senate is still pending in the committee level

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

Ateneo student's life-saving health app earns global recognition

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:38 PM

Medical student Joel Alejandro creates Sali save a life app to help universalize CPR education and training

The road to poor health in PH

Feb 07, 2013 - 12:51 PM

The solution might not be building all these birthing centers The solution is really to build roads

THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. The Philippines has a persistently high maternal death rate and is in risk of not meeting its target under the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. File photo by AFP.