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DOH Secretary: Philippines lacks 15,000 doctors
 

DOH Secretary: Philippines lacks 15,000 doctors

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There is a dismal doctor to population ratio of 1 doctor for 33,000 Filipinos. We need seven years to meet the ideal ratio, says the Department of Health.
 
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27 Nov 2016 - General
 
Marinelle Castro If prescription is limited to areas with workforce shortage, then abuse will not be an issue. This is especially true for the far-flung areas where having just one healthcare professional (not necessarily a doctor or a nurse) is already a luxury. For the immediate pressing problems, this is a viable solution for the country. We really need all the help especially in rural areas because there are ...
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Mark Edmon Tan I have also considered the potential for abuse and misuse of prescriptive authority, and I understand your reservations. In fact prescriptive authority in the US varies from state to state because of various opinions on this matter. Based on my readings about advanced practice nursing, baccalaureate nursing graduates will require 2-3 more years before graduating from the program. Apart from this, ...
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Marinelle Castro Yes, blame it on the brain drain of Asia because healthcare professionals are poorly compensated. I always believed that Asian healthcare professionals are really skilled and academically sound. This is probably the reason why Western countries offer incentives to migrate to their country in order to sustain their topnotch healthcare systems. As for your proposal on how to go about the shortage o...
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Philippines is not the only country who suffers from the same problem about the scarcity of doctors. I have studied the history of the American healthcare system, and one of the measures by which they addressed this is through offering a tiered education in nursing. In the US, there is what they call "nurse practitioners". These are BS Nursing graduates who took up a masteral course in order to practice independently. Nurse practitioners have "prescriptive authority", but the...
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There is a shortage of doctors in the Philippines because of inadequate compensation compared to what other countries has to offer. Most of my batchmates forwent residency training and took the US Medical Licensure Exam because doctors get paid more than 5x the amount being offered in our country per month. Right now, there are less than 150,000 Filipino licensed physicians and some have already left the country. The present population of the Philippines is approximately 102 million and at some ...
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