Ahmad Sampang ibnu Hajiri, MD

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I highly support the notion of providing free hospitalizations for the really indigent people, but here are some interesting points for discussion:

1) If ever the government will pay for the hospitalization of the poor, how are they going to choose whom to provide the free services? Should they just accept everyone who claims, as said in this article, those who will come and say "I am poor, if I don't have a disease, then look for one that I might have."? I seriously don't think that is the best way to give free services. Yes, if the government could provide these necessary services to its poor people for free, then by all means, it should be done. But critical PRIORITIZATION of patients should be in place. I mean, the number of those who actually don't need this service greatly outnumbers those who really need them.

2) How much are we willing to spend for the "poor"? Are the tax-paying citizens willing to pay for the likes of those chronic alcoholics and chronic illegal-drug users? Should we impose a "selection criteria" for

Yes, the SIN-TAX and Philhealth money are in excess right now. But directing funds from these "reserved billions" to other public hospitals is always a "rocky road" to take, Spell POLITICS. Enough said.

3) Believe me, 10-30 beds will never be enough. Even in PGH with ~1,500 bed capacity (perhaps more, if we include the "bed-sharing" in OBGYN and the stretcher- and wheelchair-bound patients in DEM) wherein the 1000+ beds are for the Charity patients (i.e. most expenses are paid by the government), we still end up getting "fully-booked". And yes, as hard as it may be at times, we end up telling our patients to "please come another day when there will be free beds in the wards."

BUT! Looking at this proposition in a positive way, if we spread the "free beds" to all the hospitals in the country by making it mandatory, big government hospitals like PGH will have lesser patient loads coming from other places (especially those from Cavite).These freed beds can now accommodate other patients who are in greater need of the hospital's services. People for far provinces need not travel to hospitals like PGH just to get what they deserve if there are free beds for them in a nearer hospital. Less expenses for them, less incidence of "dying patients" along the way.

4) Let's face it. The current health system in this country s*cks. More often than not, "health" has now become a "paid service", a means of getting more money than providing services to the people. It's more of a privilege than a right. A commodity rather than one's own duty. An asset to benefit once own than others. Even the way most medical schools teach right now is towards "getting higher specializations, getting higher pays". In short, if free beds are to be mandated in all hospitals, expect a lot of institutions raising their opposition to this matter.

Meh. Forgive this episode of me being "curious" for a while. I'm just not feeling well, that's why.

(would expect some people to reply and contribute to this discussion somehow hehe)

#DU30 #Duterte2016

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Feb 2 2016

It was just one of those usual busy days at the wards. My watch just told me it's almost 3 in the afternoon. I haven't had my lunch yet and I still have a lot of things to do. And while I was savagely writing down my SIC progress notes on one of my patient's chart earlier, at that same time, my brain cells were as busy deciding which of the couple more things to I still need to do must come next. And then, someone tapped my back and called me:

"Sir sir, excuse me, sir." I stopped writing and looked at this guy whom I almost failed to recognize. I remember his face during my short stay in the Emergency Department, but I just can't locate his name, nor his story how we met in that ever-so-busy place.

"Sir, mabuti nakita ko po kayo," He said with a smile.

"Oh kumusta na po?" I asked him pretending I remember him that well, while trying so hard identifying the right name to fit his face. Dude, I am weakest at this guessing game.

"Mabuti naman po," He said, "Gumaling na po si Nanay, pauwi na po kami mamaya. Maraming salamat po sir sa tulong niyo!"

Still clueless but now with a feeling of delight with the great news, I gestured a pleasant prodding of the subject "Talaga ho? Naku mabuti naman po! San po si Nanay gusto ko siyang makita." And with that, I totally forgot about my pending to-do-lists and followed the cheerful, young man to where his mother was waiting. I went there, still another patient's chart in my hands.

The moment I saw her, I remembered her name: Aling Sonia. If I do remember it right, she was brought in by her son when she experienced a sudden weakness of her right extremities. They also noticed that she was already speaking in a slurred way. It was her first attack of stroke, and to which her son had the best decision of bringing her immediately to the hospital.

I honestly can no longer remember what happened after our short meeting at the ER. They were endorsed and transferred to the wards and I finished my ER duties. I never even thought I would see them again right then and there.

Then her son said, "Ma, siya po yung isang Medical student na tinutukoy ko na tumulong sa atin sa ER." Aling Sonia smiled and waved at me, saying her thanks. I got this feeling that she never really remembered my face, leave alone my name (think of all the dozens of faces in PGH who probably approached and asked her questions, how would she remember me!) And yet, I could feel the sincerity in her smiles.

"Maraming salamat po talaga sir." her son said repeatedly.

"Naku wala po yun, kuya" I humbly replied. "Tsaka hindi po talaga kayo sa akin dapat magpasalamat kasi konte lang naitulong ko. Ang naging rason po talaga ng pagkagaling niyo, maliban po sa mga doktor natin, mga nars, at iba pa, ay ang Diyos nating mahabagin."

"Opo tama po yun. Salamat po sa Diyos, siya lang po talaga ang makakapagpagaling sa atin. At maraming salamat din po sa inyong lahat."

"Salamat din po sa inyo"  I finally said before going back to my chart, now smiling. Thank you for allowing me to experience this joy.

Maa sha Allah! What a wonderful feeling indeed to be part of something big, something awesome as this! To see a patient get well... Alhamdulillah! All praise is due to Allah!

Now I got a few more patients to see go home one day, in sha Allah! (God willing!)

A few minutes later, that same man came back to me with a piece of paper.

"Sir, palagay naman ng FB niyo dito oh, iadd kita."

So much for remembering one's names.

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