Townhouse blogging: Will it be for real?

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Here’s a spin of my epic reawakening.

When I started blogging about health care issues a year ago, I restricted my so called “online journal” to personal nuances that rarely touch anything substantial beyond my own epidermis. It was easier back then, having to simply blurt out personal experiences in order to keep the curiosity of my readers. It was this curiosity that enabled some readers a window into the often chaotic and enigmatic life of medical students, physicians, residents and the tears and glitter that came with our job. Grey’s anatomy, Scrubbs and House MD entertained more viewers rather than offering realistic solutions to health care debacles. But they did succeed in bringing health care personnel into some different form of popularity.

When I stumbled on foreign medical blogs that espoused critical thinking on health care issues that affect their system, I became deeply interested and got hooked. The realization in my situation was not something of a “late bloomer syndrome” or this epic, numbnut, out of touch physician. It was rather a realization that I too failed to acknowledge (and kept it that way for so long) there’s something screwed with our health care system but I walled in myself saying it wasn’t my business after all. I chose to be blind and remind blind to these imperfections believing I couldn’t effect some change.

That soon changed as I went by writing about whats happening “inside the system” and reading what “outsiders”(distinction mine) say about my health care system. It’s simply too much to ignore. I couldn’t simply box in myself to personal nuances and leave others to rot for themselves. One could not simply close thy eyes to the worsening health concerns just because we can afford to salvage our privilege arse. Thus, I slowly drifted into an opinionated blogger that criticizes anything and everything thrown on our health care system and our lives as heath care providers.

Even political ones.

I may not have the soundest and most elaborate dissertations on health care issues nor I profess to offer the sanest solution to any of these pressing problems. I hope though, that I can create awareness, encourage readers to criticize, to participate in the discussion and to offer reasonable solutions to issues affecting their health. That, is essentially what became of my erstwhile “blog for glamor” attitude-an advocacy.

Admitting this is rather not easy as it looks. Nitpicking issues that are far more complicated than syndromes in medicines is not an endpoint in solving these issues. Simple solutions to complicated issues are as elusive as finding a cure for cancer. Nonetheless, it is still possible. This is where I pin my hope. That after I put forth health care issues affront, invite a melee of discussions(townhouse discussions of Obama) to such issues, a simplistic and reasonable solution may come out and be implemented to address our most basic health concerns. It takes political will to do that, but that is outside my advocacy at the moment. I leave the politics side to my political readers.

One thing I can promise my readers though, that I will continually read, challenge, criticize or applaud works that tend to improve our health care situation in general. Of course expect me to give a wrath whenever something else take our stride to down turns. We has had our enough of health care screw up, we need none more to hammer a coffin nail.

So, shall we start a discussion?

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 (