Physicians Fear Unfounded

  • December 12, 2007

Letter to the Editor: Inquirer.Net : Philippine Star: MANILA, Philippines – We are glad that the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) expressed, in a full-page advertisement, their unqualified support for the efforts to bring down the cost of medicines. (Inquirer, 11/25/07) However, we believe that their fears about the effects of a Cheaper Medicine law on therapeutic efficacy and safety are unfounded and are non-sequitur. First of all,

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Celebrating the Life of Mamita

  • October 24, 2007

Source: Inquirer.Net MANILA, Philippines — Former social welfare secretary Mita Pardo de Tavera passed away last Tuesday after a battle with leukemia. She was 87. Interment will be on Friday after a Mass at 1 p.m. at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City. Born to the illustrious Pardo de Tavera clan, “Mamita,” as she was called by people close to her, devoted more than six

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15 patients unable to pay held at Bukidnon hospital

  • October 3, 2007

Source: Inquirer.Net MARAMAG, Bukidnon, Philippines–The stinking smell was made worse by the cramped and dilapidated room, where newly born babies, together with their mothers, share whatever space there is with other patients lying on old mattresses covered with pieces of carton. The parents and their babies were supposed to have gone home but the Bukidnon Provincial Annex Hospital here has been holding them because they cannot pay their medical

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GMA rejects price control in cheap medicine bill

  • October 1, 2007

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has called on lawmakers to scrap the price control provision of the Cheaper Medicines Bill and avoid giving drug companies another excuse to delay the passage of the bill, which she has certified as urgent. The President also reminded Congress to buckle down to work on important legislative pieces instead of pursuing rehashed investigations. Mrs. Arroyo said an “acceptable minimum” must be

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Bukidnon Provincial Hospital Violates Patients’ Rights

  • August 22, 2007

In spite of the recent enactment of RA 9439 or the Hospital Detention Law, patients are still being detained in the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag for failure to settle their Hospital bills. Resembling an unsanitized evacuation area, 18 patients lay in makeshift carton mats in the hospital’s abandoned out-patient department. A newly born baby who was previously diagnosed with Pneumonia, was again afflicted by the said disease due to

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Profit-driven hospitals and doctors forget Hippocratic oath

  • May 25, 2007

“The Hospital Holiday threat posed by the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP) reduced private hospitals and doctors into mere businessmen who put profit first before public health forgetting their sworn oath to save and protect their patient’s lives from harm and injustice. The statement is a clear indication that private hospitals have become profit oriented – standing to gain from the ailments of its patients.” Edeliza Hernandez, Executive

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GMA’s State of Mental Illness

  • December 7, 2006

“Suffering from paranoia and illusions of grandeur, the Medical Action Group recommends President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s immediate resignation and continuous bed rest.” Edeliza Hernandez, Executive Director of Medical Action Group said. The Medical Action Group, Inc. (MAG) declared its diagnosis of Pres. Arroyo’s state of mental health, claiming that aside from GMA’s poor health condition, She is apparently suffering from mental instability which renders her unfit and incapable of continuing

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Some Degree of Negligence

  • November 22, 2006

In a Press Conference held early this week, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III stated that the factors which affected the seven neonatal sepsis deaths at the Rizal Medical Center (RMC) “strongly point to some degree of negligence”. He added that early onset newborn sepsis which resulted to the infants’ deaths “could not have been hospital acquired, the infection was really from the mothers.” According to the joint medical team assigned

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