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Overcoming Patient Resistance to Telemedicine

by: Rey Palmares | April 28, 2020 | Healthcare
The ongoing pandemic forced many doctors and patients into setting appointments online. Many are reluctant however as not all parties are familiar with the technology and there are prevalent PHI security risks. Telehealth is strongly encouraged as health and wellbeing are still priorities during these times. To counteract the above-mentioned problems and put minds at…
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Present Insurance Systems in the Philippines

by: Rey Palmares | December 5, 2019 | Uncategorized
In the Philippines, healthcare insurance can come in two categories: governmental and private. The two aren’t exclusive and many Filipinos opt for both. A startling realization however is that even more Filipinos choose neither, being largely unaware of the nature and importance of insurance. Governmental insurance is in the form of the Philippine Health Insurance…
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Labor Standards in Private Healthcare in the Philippines

by: Rey Palmares | November 29, 2019 | Blog
Private Healthcare in the Philippines is better quality at a higher price. The disparity between government facilities and those corporations is notable - more so in the labor standards. This is most evident in the Department of Labor and Employment's Department Order No. 187 (DOLE DO-187). These implementing orders highlight how private healthcare labor standards…
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Iloilo Universities Top September 2019 Physician and Medical Technology Licensure Exams

by: Abigail Sabido | October 4, 2019 | Blog
Iloilo City (where our VMAs are based) universities once again proved their competence in educating aspiring medical professionals. In the recently concluded physician and medical technologist licensure exams, our universities stood out. West Visayas State University (WVSU) got a 100% rating in the physician licensure test, followed by Central Philippine University (CPU) with 95.52% average.…
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The Philippine Swine Flu Situation in 2019

by: Rey Palmares | September 30, 2019 | Healthcare
In September of 2019, the Philippines witnessed the reemergence of African Swine Flu. The Secretary of Agriculture has confirmed in various news outlets that 16 out of 20 pigs tested positive for the virus.  Within the month, as much as 7,400 swine have been culled in the northern parts of the Philippines. At the same…
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Iloilo’s University of San Agustin Maintains Performance in the Pharmacist Licensure Exam

by: Abigail Sabido | August 16, 2019 | Blog
The University of San Agustin (USA) once again ranks among the top performing schools in the Philippines in the recently concluded pharmacist licensure exam. Garnering 85.19% passing rate, the university secured the 10th spot.  Last March 2019, the university ranked 5th after garnering an average of 91.11% during the first pharmacist exam. An Augustinian graduate…
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Blood Drives in Region VI Alleviate Worst Dengue Outbreak in Decades

by: Rey Palmares | August 5, 2019 | Healthcare
Region VI in the Philippines is facing its worst dengue outbreak in decades. The Department of Health has declared a state of emergency in the region as doctors and foreign relief are being channeled to Region VI. With only 11 hospitals and a few dozen health units in the rural areas, the worst is yet…
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The Dengue Situation in Region VI (July 2019)

by: Rey Palmares | July 29, 2019 | Healthcare
Last 9 July 2019, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III declared a dengue outbreak in Region VI of the Philippines.  Iloilo City included, the region is undergoing its worst dengue epidemic in recorded history. As of 29 June 2019, statistics indicate 13,164 dengue cases. These numbers rapidly swelled from to 18,834 cases in just twenty days.…
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Philippine Maternal Health: Longer Maternity Leave and Higher Financial Benefits

by: Abigail Sabido | July 17, 2019 | Healthcare
February 20, 2019 marks the enactment of the lauded Expanded Maternity Leave Law. Under this mandate, women working in government and private sectors have 105-day paid leave regardless of the mode of delivery. On top of this are additional 15 days for single mothers, 7 days transferable to fathers, and another 30 days of unpaid…
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Iloilo’s WVSU Still PH’s Leading Nursing School

by: Abigail Sabido | July 3, 2019 | Uncategorized
Iloilo City (where our VMAs are based) made headlines after topping the 2019 nursing licensure exam once again. West Visayas State University secured a 100% passing rate and dominated the Top 10 with 12 graduates bagging the top spots. One WVSU passer ranked first alongside a nursing graduate from Central Luzon.  The university maintains its…