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No rest for heroes

Jun 21, 2020 - 9:01 AM

Inside Manila’s hospital for the poor

EMERGENCY.. Medical workers must wear level 4 protective at the triage area. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[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?'

[WATCH]: Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Ira Aclan

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:52 AM

Award-winning violinist and PROMIL® FOUR Gifted Child Ira Aclan concludes our concert series for our frontliners

Hospitals in the Philippines: Where they are – and aren’t

May 23, 2020 - 10:45 AM

There is a big difference between urban centers and remote areas, echoed by a stark contrast in poverty incidence

HOSPITAL DESERTS. In Metro Manila, the average city center is 660 meters away from a hospital, and the top 10 most populated provinces (2015) average 6.36km. For all other municipalities, the nearest hospital is 13km away on average.

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Yessha Dela Calzada

May 15, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Singing sensation and PROMIL® FOUR i-shiner Yessha Dela Calzada continues our concert series for our frontliners

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Jacob Sarreal

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:54 AM

Filipino saxophonist and gifted child Jacob Sarreal continues our concert series with Promil® Four

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam x Promil Four: Shaira Luna

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Science whiz, commercial photographer and gifted child Shaira Luna kicks off our concert series with Promil Four

Google healthcare data move makes some queasy

Nov 13, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Google says their healthcare project aims to help medical professionals collaborate and that 'patient data cannot and will not be combined with any Google consumer data'

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on September 3, 2019 the US multinational technology and internet-related services company Google logo, is displayed on a tablet screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

[OPINION] It’s time to talk about the moral injury being done to our healthcare workers

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Physician suicide happens as early as medical school. Sexual harassment and gender discrimination are taboo topics amid powerful male-dominated leaderships.

Pharma companies offer to cut drug prices

Oct 25, 2019 - 3:05 PM

This comes as the Department of Health prepares to update the list of essential medicines for price regulation under the Cheaper Medicines Act

LOWER DRUG PRICES. At least 18 pharmaceutical companies offer to lower prices of their drugs, as well as provide medical assistance to Filipino patients.

Pangilinan wants fixed allowance for barangay health workers

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:16 PM

'Barangay health workers are our front-liners for health, but they are behind in benefits and incentives. When their work conditions are okay, our health conditions will be better,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

FIXED ALLOWANCE RATE. Senator Francis Pangilinan wants a fixed allowance rate for all barangay health workers in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Millions of patient medical records freely accessible online

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Some 16 million records are available 'unprotected on the internet and available to anyone with basic computer expertise,' reports say

Nurse arrested after incapacitated U.S. woman gave birth

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:47 AM

Arizona police arrest a male nurse on suspicion of assaulting an incapacitated woman who gave birth at a long-term care facility

ARRESTED. This booking photo obtained January 23, 2019 courtesy of the Maricopa County Sheriff shows suspect Nathan Sutherland. Handout photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office/AFP

No doctors, nurses, or painkillers: Surviving pregnancy in Venezuela

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Infant mortality rose 30% in 2016, with the deaths of 11,466 babies up to a year old, according to the latest Health Ministry figures

SCARE RESOURCES. A relative checks on a patient at a room of the University Hospital in Caracas on July 19, 2018. Rice, grains or pasta is the only diet for patients in the University Hospital in Caracas. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

[OPINION] A young doctor's views on health workforce in PH

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:36 PM

We may be young and idealistic, but I believe that our will and passion to serve can take us and our country to places

LENDING A HAND. Fostering doctors' interest in serving the Philippines begins way before medical school. Image from Shutterstock

U.S. health care companies begin exploring blockchain technologies

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Blockchain may be a key technology in modernizing the healthcare industry

Duque: Access to primary health care depends on coordination with LGUs

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says implementation of the proposed universal health care law would have to be done by closely working with local government units

PRE-SONA FORUM. Officials from the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster and the Participatory Governance cluster answer questions at the pre-SONA 2018 forum. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[OPINION] Shame is not my name

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:56 AM

You are not alone. You do not deserve to be judged, hurt, or be called derogatory names. You deserve to belong and be acknowledged.

How #NoToDoctorShaming posts highlight gaps in PH healthcare system

May 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Netizens argue that the viral photos of nurses sleeping while on duty is a symptom of a deeper problem: the overwhelming gaps in the Philippine healthcare system

Healthcare in U.S. costs almost twice as much as other rich nations

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:58 PM

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) compares the US health system to 10 other high-income countries – Britain, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, Sweden, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Switzerland

HEALTHCARE IN THE USA. A healthcare mural by artist APEXER is displayed on the exterior of HealthRIGHT 360 on November 6, 2017 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

British PM faces pressure over healthcare crisis

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:21 PM

The first weekly parliamentary questions follow a report in Wednesday's edition of The Times which said a leading hospital was delaying the start of chemotherapy for patients due to a 40% shortfall of nurses in the relevant medical unit

THERESA MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2016. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Duque wants universal healthcare in PH by 2030

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also aims to make the DOH the top performing government agency under the Duterte administration

AIMING HIGH. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants universal healthcare for all Filipinos by 2030. Screenshot by Rappler

In flip-flop, Trump cools to bipartisan health deal

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

A bipartisan effort to stabilize Obamacare's individual health insurance markets runs into political headwinds when US President Donald Trump warned against the plan

In this file photo, Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:35 AM

US senators announce they have reached a bipartisan deal to continue a program that helps low-income Americans purchase health insurance

An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Rhona Wise/AFP

Residents pitch in to build state-of-the-art hospital

Oct 07, 2017 - 3:32 PM

In Nueva Vizcaya, Salubris Medical Center is seen as 'a hospital of the masses'

HEALTH AND WELLNESS. The main lobby of Salubris Medical Center in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Patient experience management platform' wins PH HealthTech Challenge

Oct 06, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The Swiss-sponsored health technology contest is an opportunity to showcase solutions to improve healthcare today

Anupam Chatterjee of The Destiny Labs makes his pitch at the contest. Photo by Edd K. Usman/Rappler

Republican health plan likely dead as key U.S. senator defects

Sep 26, 2017 - 6:54 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Susan Collins joins Republican colleagues John McCain and Rand Paul as firm no votes on the legislation

STAYING (AGAIN). An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

Two more U.S. senators signal opposition to Obamacare overhaul

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:39 AM

It could deal a potentially fatal blow to one President Donald Trump's top legislative goals

OPPOSING GRAHAM-CASSIDY. This file photo taken on March 28, 2017 shows US Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins speaking to a reporter as she makes her way to the Senate subway at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

FDA to roll out mobile app digitizing logbooks in pharmacies

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The Electronic Logbook app is also designed to give real time updates to pharmacies when a medicine is recalled by the FDA

NEW TECHNOLOGY. A pharmacist takes a picture of a customer's prescription using the FDA Electronic Logbook. Screenshot from mClinica

Providing medical services for relocated informal settlers

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Only around three small operational medical facilities exist in Towerville San Jose Del Monte Bulacan

TOWERVILLE. JCI Manila and other partner groups help renovate one of the three medical facilities in Towerville, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. Photo courtesy of Robin Garcia

Groups slam health reform failure under Duterte administration

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

The Coalition for People’s Right to Health holds a caravan pushing for free and progressive healthcare

Duterte's first year: Philippine health agenda 'a sham'

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:33 PM

The Philippine health agenda of the Duterte government promotes the increasing role of the private sector and insurance like Philhealth to finance public health facilities

The week in photos: June 24-30, 2017

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:17 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

An enthusiast browse through a collection of toys on display during the 2017 ToyCon Pop Life FanXperience at the SMX Convention Center, in Pasay on June 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Republicans unveil Senate health bill, but lack votes to pass it

Jun 23, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Senate Republicans are painting the new plan as less austere than the House bill which according to a forecast by the non partisan Congressional Budget Office would leave 23 million fewer people insured than under current law

OUT SOON? An Obamacare logo is shown on a clinic in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Rhona Wise/AFP

Martial law in Mindanao: DOH hospitals 'fully operational'

May 25, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says her department will not discriminate against any sector in the performance of its duty whether the patients be on the government side or otherwise

Which countries have the best healthcare?

May 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Of the 20 countries heading up the list all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage

How tobacco-chewing Bicol tribe deals with mouth cancer

May 14, 2017 - 8:56 AM

The experience of the Agta tabangnon tribe shows indigenous peoples are still left out even as the sin tax law generates a significant windfall for government

Claudia Vargas, 58, belonging to Agta-tabangnon tribesmen living at the foot of Mount Isarog, Iriga City, is one of the indigenous people suffering from mouth cancer. She is a nganga aficionado for 35 years before acquiring deadly disease due to tobacco consumption. With him is tribal Chieftain Bartolome "Lome" Oafalas. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Comey crisis could bedevil Trump on health care, tax reform

May 13, 2017 - 4:20 PM

The shock dismissal of James Comey triggers distress on Capitol Hill

Health care a privilege, not a right in the U.S.

May 06, 2017 - 4:45 PM

More than 25 million people still lack health insurance

TRUMP AND OBAMACARE. House passes measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump savors win as House passes Obamacare repeal

May 04, 2017 - 11:39 PM

UPDATED House Speaker Paul Ryan: A lot of us have been waiting 7 years to cast this vote to kill off Obamacare

THE US HEALTHCARE VOTE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

Obamacare repeal faces test in U.S. House

May 04, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The US House will vote on dismantling Barack Obama s signature health reforms

OUT SOON? An Obamacare logo is shown on a clinic in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Rhona Wise/AFP

Trump blames party hardliners for health debacle, as more battles loom

Mar 27, 2017 - 1:05 AM

Tensions are likely to flare up as US President Donald Trump turns to other key priorities like tax reform and a big infrastructure spending plan

RESET. This file photo taken on December 9, 2016 shows then US President-elect Donald Trump speaking during the USA Thank You Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Obama warns against health care changes that harm Americans

Mar 23, 2017 - 10:40 PM

We should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better not worse for hardworking Americans That should always be our priority Obama says in a statement

An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017.  File photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

Scarborough Shoal, Mighty Corporation, Robredo | Evening wRap

Mar 22, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Duterte, oral arguments, Trump | Midday wRap

Mar 22, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Brexit puts EU lifeblood of British hospitals at risk

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The state run NHS is hugely reliant on EU immigrants to look after aging Britons and the latest data after the Brexit vote has put the sector on high alert

AT RISK. Brexit could make life even harder for the National Health Service as EU doctors and nurses either stay away or prepare to leave. AFP photo

#InspireCourage: Ateneo doctors serve in far-flung Northern Samar town

Mar 17, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Doctors Mixie Baduria and Alfonso Regala could have gone to any specialization they wanted after graduation Instead they are serving in a 2nd class municipality in Northern Samar

LOCAL HEALTHCARE. Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health doctors currently working in the district and provincial hospitals in Northern Samar pose for a photo in front of the Tan Memorial Hospital. (L to R) Dr Alfonso Miguel Regala, Dr Terrence Antonio, Dr Raymond Luzarraga, Dr Ezekiel Valera, Dr Sophia Caranay, Dr Sherry Mombay, Dr Merlin Sanicas. Photo courtesy of Mixie Baduria

Southeast Asian startup mClinica raises $6.3M for global expansion

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The startup which seeks to plug health data gaps in the ASEAN completes one of the largest financing rounds for a digital health firm in Southeast Asia

Photo courtesy of MClinica

Ayala Corp enters health tech via ePharmacy startup

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:27 PM

The conglomerate through subsidiary AC Health invests in MedGrocer which allows users to buy medicine online and have items delivered to them

(L-R) MedGrocer CEO & Founder, Jerome Uy, and AC Health CEO, Paolo F. Borromeo, shake hands at the announcement of the signing ceremony held on February 7, 2017 in Makati. MedGrocer is the first health technology company to join AC Health's portfolio. Photo courtesy of AC health

Life of a doctor in the barrio

Jan 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The whole doctor to the barrio thing is both a lovely experience to have and a necessity for your municipality but it is also a tiny corner of the picture we need to look at when it comes to health care