The passage of the cheaper medicines act: Who’s got the better scalpel?

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I certainly laud the intentions of some politicians working hard “passing” a bill to improve our health care system. But when politicians begin to bicker with each other, I’m getting hell of goosebumps.

The deliberations on Cheaper Medicines Act has been a flawless exhibition of our congress’ circus like “treatment algorithm” for an ailing Philippine health care system. It’s a deja vu of the Generics Act passed in the congress before- the mud (nay, shit) slinging and ass kissing, it is all governed by who’s got the numbers and the money, and not by the merits of the bill itself. Luckily for both bills, it survive the dirty tactics despite boulders of blabbering and rhetorics.

I don’t want to go nitty gritty into the merits (or demerits) of the bill. I certainly believe it is the duty of every Filipino to read and understand congress bills affecting us, the cheaper medicines act included. No excuses whatsoever.

I am not just comfortable with the fact that when I get sick and will undergo surgery, my surgeons would fight it out who’s got better scalpel to cut my skin. It’s darn scary!

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Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is previously Chief of Clinics at St. Louis Hospital in Tacurong City and a consultant in Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (

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