Compendium of Health Laws And Commentaries

  • September 2, 2009

A 2005 Compendium of Health Laws and Commentaries on the existence of measures (through health policies and programs) that respect, protect, and uphold the right to health of all Filipinos.

An exploratory study on the state of patients rights among urban poor residents in Metro Manila

  • September 2, 2009

The promotion of patients’ rights has been a growing concern of international organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and local non-government and people’s organizations in the Philippines. This concern has been triggered by two things: the paradigmatic shift in viewing health as a human right and the increasing cases of violations of patients’ rights committed by health professionals and workers, particularly in Third World countries.

Medicines priced within the Filipinos reach

  • August 12, 2008

After years of waiting for the passage of the much-contended legislation, the debacle over the Cheaper Medicines Bill hounds the public even after its celebrated passage in June of 2008. More than a roller coaster ride To say that the campaign to pass the Cheaper Medicines Bill was difficult is a complete understatement. The legislation with its noble purpose to ensure affordable medicines to Filipinos had gone through various controversies

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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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  • November 5, 1994

The health status of an individual is one of the most significant and relevant reflection of how much one person’s total rights are guaranteed and enjoyed. “Health is not merely the absences of disease, but the complete state of physical, mental and social well-being (Alma Ata Declaration, 1978).” The framework emphasizes that the individual is a complete human being. Each part is interrelated or is a factor for the development

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