I really, really want to say something good about the Philippine Medical Association. Because I believe that there are two or even more sides to every issue. And because I don't want to think that the thousands of pesos that I am obligated to pay in annual dues will have been and will forever be for naught. But first I have to find that good thing, if any. So I went to their website and found some nice stuff like:
1. The Code of Ethics for medical practitioners. A very important reminder for old and new physicians. If we all followed that code by heart, I'm pretty sure medicine can truly be called noble again.
2. The joint manifesto on the full implementation of the Magna Carta of public health workers that says:
We are concerned about and strongly deplore the failure of local government agencies to fully implement the provisions of Republic Act 7305, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers enacted on March 26, 1992. Such failure has further aggravated the poor standard of living of most of our public health workers at present who had been shortchanged for so long, and has contributed to our health workers leaving government service to look for greener pasture abroad. (read more...)
3. A position paper on Republic Act 9439, otherwise known as Patients Illegal Detention Act. It is a law that prohibits hospitals from refusing to release patients if said patients cannot settle their bills. The PMA protests this Act citing the following reasons:
*The Act might be subject to abuse and taken advantaged of by some patients who, although can afford, will refuse to settle their obligations to hospitals and doctors.
* It is common knowledge that promissory notes to hospitals and doctors remain as unsettled promissory notes even after several years. Litigations are long and tedious processes and may place hospitals and medical practitioners in a negative public perception.
* A number of patients give fictitious addresses to evade payments.
*There are two forms of indigent patients: the true indigent who can’t afford the medical care and the rich patients masquerading as indigent patients. (read more...)
4. The PMA motto
My rough translation:
United we physicians stand
Good health throughout our native land.
Isn't that true? That if we physicians have a unified stand on issues that affect national health care, we would have a stronger voice and clout than if we are just individual MDs griping in our own little clinics or whining away in our weblogs?
The PMA can be that personality with that big, strong voice and clout. The question is, is it?