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The Filipino General Practitioner

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The primary challenge for General Practitioners or Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) here in the Philippines is that many patients do not believe, or are even aware of their role in patient care.
 
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12 Oct 2016 - General
 
haha this article seem is like a personal story for this lady over here. Anyway everyone has a story behind them and what is important is that we should remember what exactly we chose medicine for. Is it just for pure prestige, or is it because of peer pressure or parents' influence, or is it because of personal aspiration - wanting to make it big, wanting to contribute to something, or change lives of others. Many of us have times in our career when we have thought that we should not have t...
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Priscilla Mae Gobuyan I really think that employment opportunities for a general practitioner in our country is lacking. There are gaps in the healthcare system which is complicated by our socio-economic situation. Family medicine is specialty and it requires extra years of training. So, they are different from general practitioners. I agree that GP's have employment opportunities with medical insurances, bu...
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I am not quite sure if those who are Family Medicine are also considered as general practitioners. Well I couldn't blame on how clients would see on the effectiveness of the services being rendered by these general practitioners. It could be that they have certain experiences that has contributed to underappreciate a GP. In my own experience, I look up to doctors and don't want to question their credibility because each individual has worked hard for their licenses too. However in some c...
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The GPs lack the support of a medical society that specialists have. I agree with Lianne Marie Victoria Laruan on the advantages of GP consultation but we must continue to empower them by providing CMEs that further enhance and update knowledge and skills as the medical field is changing from time to time. Through a medical society, scheduled learning conventions that is tailored fit for GPs can be done. There are...
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It’s true that so many issues affect the image of general practitioners here in the Philippines, from economic to false societal beliefs. However, there are upsides to consulting a GP. For one, it’s good to have a physician who knows all of your different specialists, diseases and medications. This means that he/ she can counter check for any therapeutic duplications or even medications that should not be given together. Another advantage is that he/ she can diagnose and treat simple conditions ...
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I agree with Marinelle Castro on her perspective that people go straight to specialists merely to save money. The main reason as to why GPs are compromised in the Philippines is the chaotic healthcare system. It should have been organized from the beginning. People should see the primary care physician or GP first and referred according to the rightful specialist. However, our lawmakers have been overlooking the ...
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There's absolutely no reason why people should think less of a general practitioner. They also went to through the same rigorous training and they have achieved the terminal competencies required of a doctor. I agree with Jemar Nicdao and Jemelyn Mae Sodusta that in general people have high regard for doctors. However, when ...
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Jemar Nicdao you know what i agree with you. Because in my opinion and from what i have observed, those people who are not in medical field actually look up to all doctors. Whether they are General Practitioners, Pediatrician, Surgeon, Cardiologist etc. I was thinking that may be one factor is the status of the patient ( or high profile persons) or may be some people just prefer those who are experts in the field...
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Thanks for sharing. That's the situation in Philippines and many doctors are probably disappointed. But I like to inform you that, the situation is worse in Bangladesh. Here we have no definite GP licensing or referral system. The people from urban area directly go to the specialist. And the villagers go to quacks at first and when the disease become complicated, they go to town in search of specialist. So the junior doctors or who do not specialize, suffers a lot. It is very hard to build u...
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“Here in the Philippines, general practitioners are not considered as primary health physicians compared to other countries. You don’t get the same prestige as the doctors who have decided to specialize. People will say “GP lang” (just a GP) as if being a general practitioner is somewhat not enough or impressive.” -- I'm not sure whether this kind of treatment towards GPs comes from their colleagues or their patients. Because, as far as I know, people in the community in general look up to d...
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