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Do we need a law that protect healthcare providers if they disclose or confess medical errors?

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Central to correcting medical errors is accepting one first, if it did happen. Improvement in healthcare delivery will only happen if we learn from our mistakes and make concrete, active steps to rectify it. This is what we actually do during mortality and morbidity conference- analyze medical events and cases to help improve delivery of healthcare services. The health care…

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Blind Eye: Unabated rising number of motorcycle accidents

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Last Monday, on my way to Davao City, I was again a witness to two road accidents  involving motorcycles. In one roadside, a lifeless body, lay on the ground after he and his motorcycle drove straight underneath a hauler truck.  In another road just several miles away, another motorcycle rammed into another motorcycle head on.  Broken…

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A Perspective on Non-Compliant Patients and the Contractual Doctor-Patient Relationship

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I have long been an advocate of a no refusal, admit all patients policy for physicians . Any physician is bound by his Hippocratic oath and the law to treat any patient (within the bounds of his skill and expertise) whatever the circumstances of that patient will be. The physician also has the social responsibility…

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Where’s health and education now Mr. President?

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I had mixed feelings after reading the text of  your recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) Mr. President. On one part, I got excited when you detailed some of what many of  your countryman (which you gracefully called your Boss) knew years ago- corruption is rampant among many of the government agencies. That however,…

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