Note: This is the author’s response for the article entitled “OMG! Some Hospitals (in the Philippines) Will Kill You!” published in Filipino Nurses Blog last March 24,2012
The thoughts of the article are somehow true pero hindi naman totally. Based on the given description sa tingin ko, it happened in a public hospital (buying stuffs- only in public hospitals). I had my internship in a public hospital so I understand some of those things, and I just want to clarify something:
Una, the bills- sa pagkakaalam ko, there is a social service in a hospital, dito pwede macategorize ang patients according to their financial status. Some patients are allowed to pay just only half of the bill, yung mga classified as indigents nga, walang babayaran. Maybe dito, hindi sila informed about the services.
Second, the supplies- small hospitals and public hospitals cannot afford to give all the needs of the patient. Just imagine, malaking bulk ng patients dito nagpupunta kasi nga cheaper. Most of them are emergency cases so don’t expect for special treatment. PHilippines is not as rich as the United States, and it will never be. And sana nagtanong siya kung saan makakabili ng cheaper supplies sa nurses, hindi mawawalan nun sa mga store sa labas ng hospital.
Third, yung sa blood: hospitals cannot always provide you with blood anytime you want, kasi yung mga blood na nkastore sa kanila, pagaari ng ibang patients. Hindi ito maiibibigay ng basta basta, kasi pano kapag nangailangan yung may-ari ng blood, san siya kukuha? And also in my opinion, hindi totoong wala ng blood particularly in Manila. With a blood type of B+, malabong mauubusan nito, ang ngshoshortage lang ay O+ and AB+ ( I am knowledgeable about this kasi I also had my training in a blood bank). Maraming red cross blood banks around metro manila. Meron ding Philippine Blood Center along DOH compound. Lahat yun 24/7 bukas so it is not acceptable na walang dugo na kailangan nila. Hindi lang siya naghanap ng mabuti. With regard to the blood na hindi naman pala nagamit, talagang ganyan ang standard operating procedures sa hospitals. Gamitin man o hindi, kailangan may nakaready na blood na in times of operation. It’s better to be ready kase in times like this, hindi natin malalaman kaagad kung may problems sa blood ng patient, maari kasing magkaroon ng excessive blood loss during the operation na pwedeng ikamatay ng patient. So again, I just think that the person who wrote this article, was not well informed.
Fourth, masyado naging careless yung patient and the relatives about the situation. Hindi sila nagready for the delivery. Giving birth is not as easy as 1, 2, 3. Nine months ang pregnancy so sana pinaghandaan na nila. In the Philippines, there are plenty of health insurance na reasonable naman ang contributions. Meron ding Philhealth na kahit pinakamahirap kaya maafford at lahat ng services na ito tinatanggap mostly ng hospitals. Kung meron ka nito, kahit sa St. Lukes ay pwede kang magpaconfine, baka wala ka pa babayaran. The hospital may have some fault, pero sa tingin ko mas may kasalanan yung side ng pasyente dito. Kasi kung nagready sila, better hospital, better services.
And also hindi ko rin gusto yung attitude ng writer tungkol sa religion particularly when it comes to catholicism, which is the religion of most of the filipinos. No wonder ganyan ang ugali nya at kung bakit ganun ang nararanasan nya. We don’t worship idols; google it; read more, be educated. And kung hindi ka man sang ayon sa paniniwala namin, just show some respect naman pare.
For the Filipinos, especially those who always blame the system, just think of this: mga mamamayan ang bumubuo sa sistema, tayo ang naghahalal sa namumuno, tayo rin ang buhay ng ating bayan; ikaw ba, bilang isang Filipino, ginagawa mo ba ang tungkulin mo bilang isang marangal at responsableng mamamayan, o baka naman, pareho ka lamang din ng pulitikong inihalal at binabatikos mo?
“You must be the change you want to see in the world” – Gandhi
– this article is Definitely NOT Flipino..
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