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'[B]iology should always be the principal core of medical education, not just a preface to it'
'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?'
'COVID-19 doesn’t get more discriminating than this'
'Health is inextricably linked with politics'
'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'
'We are victims of the long-run neglect in the health and hospital systems of the country'
'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'
'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'
'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'
'Hindi po kami under sa mga doktor.... We work with doctors, not for them.'
'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'
'As a kidney transplant patient, my husband has to take anti-rejection drugs. These drugs weaken my husband’s immune system.'
'It’s a very dangerous game we play when resiliency is our only card'
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?)'
'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.'
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.
'There are LGUs that do not prioritize health. [It's the] constituents who suffer,” says Health secretary Francisco Duque III
The Philippines is down 8 spots in the World Economic Forum's 2019 Global Competitiveness Report
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III cites 'limitations' such as budgetary constraints as among the reasons
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
All Filipinos will be granted health coverage but not everything will be free. Here's what you can expect.
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.
The landmark universal health care law is not any lawmaker's single-handed achievement
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
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
The measure intends to provide health care for all Filipinos so financial problems will not get in the way of seeking medical attention
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
If the bill is signed into law, all Filipinos would get 'immediate eligibility' for and access to the full spectrum of health care
WHO Country Representative Gundo Weiler says the agency also supports calls to increase tobacco taxes from P32.50 per pack to P90
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
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
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
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
Will our lawmakers seize this golden opportunity or will they resign us to a future of unintended consequences?
While the House has passed its version of the bill, the counterpart measure in the Senate is still pending in the committee level
Medical student Joel Alejandro creates Sali save a life app to help universalize CPR education and training
The solution might not be building all these birthing centers The solution is really to build roads