The Blog Rounds 7th ed:I "heart" the Philippines!

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“On some point, I agree these docs did something wrong. But some unscrupulous media people are just as scandalous hyping these controversies also. And to what end?”

This was my response to a friend’s rants against physicians last night. The charade of controversies she enumerated against MDs in particular is nauseating. I couldn’t blame her, except of course when she generalizes the few scoundrels to the whole medical profession.

The issues regarding pharmaceuticals and physicians conniving against Cheaper Medicine Bill, the PhilHealth scam, the VSMH Operating Room Scandal, and now this US Health Insurance scam. At the very least, it did nothing but put the medical profession in bad light. Worst, it may just kill this noble profession.

No matter how hard we inch our way making good at doing ethical practice, the ripple effect is just darn too disturbed by the waves of infamy from scoundrels who don white blazers and stethoscopes.

That’s why at times, it’s too tempting to just “pack our things up” and leave Philippines to rot on its ballyhooed corruption. But thats probably too much generalizing of a country (and the people) we loved to nitpick. Like any other profession, there are bad apples and rotten tomatoes, but this does not necessarily mean all tomatoes and apples are rotten as well.

Why did we choose to stay here? Why do we love this place, this people so much? Why do we physicians tie our shoelaces here instead of wearing the cool and financially rewarding work abroad? Why will you endure the hardships when you can simply forget about My Philippines?

These and more, will be the topic for the seventh edition of The Blog Rounds, a weekly compilation of the best in Philippine’s medical blogosphere. Hosted by Doc Ian on his blog So Far So Good, the theme revolves around what made us “heart” or love the Philippines. A very heartwarming theme indeed in these times of Hippocratic infamy.

MD’s and paramedical bloggers who wish to join The Blog Rounds, please read this guidelines, submit your entries to Doc Ian here and join the lively discussions on tomorrow’s seventh edition of TBR to be hosted on Doc Ian’s blog!

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is Chief of Clinics at General Santos Medical Center and Medical Specialist II 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 (