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'[B]iology should always be the principal core of medical education, not just a preface to it'
PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales had earlier sounded the alarm over PhilHealth's funds given the drop in contributions due to the coronavirus pandemic
'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'
Protesters clad in black set fire to a vehicle and pelt the police with projectiles, chanting, 'Everybody hates the police'
Senator Risa Hontiveros tells PhilHealth the coronavirus pandemic is the 'litmus test' for the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act
'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 concerned that countries will respond to this crisis in the same way they did to the recession 10 years ago...by cutting public spending on health,' says Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe
'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'
Duterte signed the Universal Health Care Act into law, which has a provision for the premium hike for direct contributors, including OFWs
'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'
Experts say nursing remains female-dominated and needs to recruit more men
'Hindi po kami under sa mga doktor.... We work with doctors, not for them.'
We see the world at its worst, which is why I want world leaders and governments to listen carefully: I am scared
'Humihingi rin po kami ng tawad kung ang impresyon na naibigay ng P500 daily allowance ay ganito lamang ang halaga na ibinigay natin sa ating health care workers. Hindi po ito mas lalayo pa sa katotohanan,' says DOH
'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
Senator Risa Hontiveros calls the threat 'sad and ill-timed' as the landmark Universal Health Care Act will begin implementation next year
Even with the integration of health facilities into provincial and city-wide networks, the country's healthcare system remains devolved
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
Rizal Medical Center staff will help develop medical staff at barangay centers, so residents don't have to go to public hospitals for treatment of common illnesses
A 2018 Commission on Audit report finds that over P367 million in medicines were about to expire but were still sitting in warehouses of the Department of Health
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
International NGO Health Care Without Harm wants to influence hospitals to reduce plastic use and help local government units craft better policies that can also guide hospitals
Public hospitals and schools in Greece continue to struggle as a result of the country's debt crisis, affecting poverty-stricken patients and the quality of education
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.
Democrats react with anger to the administration's latest move
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
President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to sign the bill into law because Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed the bicameral conference committee report only on January 21, 2019
Depending on the country and migrants' status, they may enjoy full access to the health care system or none at all
If the decision declaring Obamacare as unconstitutional is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the US health care system
The ruling came one day before the Saturday, December 15 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2019
If the bill is signed into law, all Filipinos would get 'immediate eligibility' for and access to the full spectrum of health care
The bill seeks to curb consumption of alcohol while raising funds for the universal health care program
Health Secretary Francisco Duque says about P16.7 billion is needed to make over 1,000 health facilities nationwide operational