Pen Point 35

Issues with equity have influenced health care for many years. Equity, in the context of social health insurance such as the Philippines’ Philhealth, means access of the whole population to a package of health services by paying an affordable contribution, and sometimes no contribution at all (for senior citizens and indigents). Philhealth can improve access … Continue reading Pen Point 35


Top 8 things I learned this 2018

What an incredible year! Today, I'd like to share my highlights and top 8 life lessons this 2018. A lot happened this year. Some things did not happen the way I wanted them to be. But that's how life is. We are not always in control. The year 2018 opened opportunities that pushed me closer … Continue reading Top 8 things I learned this 2018

Towards universal health coverage and sustainable development

Forty years after the landmark Alma-Ata Declaration, gross inequities in health status across socio-economic classes remain apparent in the Philippines. The implementation of primary health care (PHC), dubbed as the key to achieving “health for all”, is deemed insufficient and uneven within the country making universal health coverage (UHC) far from reality. On 25-26 October … Continue reading Towards universal health coverage and sustainable development

New beginning

More than just professional growth, it is the idea of bringing about relevant change in the nursing profession and the healthcare delivery system that primarily motivates me to pursue graduate studies. I have been working in the hospital for almost two years now and it has occurred to me that my experience as a bedside … Continue reading New beginning

The war on bugs

In 1945, Sir Alexander Fleming, physician and researcher who discovered penicillin, warned that “the person playing with penicillin treatment is morally responsible for the death of the man who finally succumbs to infection with the penicillin-resistant organism.” Today, we are witnesses to Fleming’s prediction rapidly unfolding as a global reality and disaster. The introduction of … Continue reading The war on bugs