PHC introduces out-of-the-box solution for rural health services

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in his first State of the Nation address, stressed the need to bring medical services to the people and not wait for them to come to hospitals and care centers. health.

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The Philippine Healthcraft Carrier is one such solution to provide life-changing medical services to Filipinos, especially those who lack access to hospitals and health centers.

PHC aims to bring Filipino medical specialists to rural areas for short periods, normally two to seven days, to provide medical services.

The FMS will be supported by trained medical personnel with world-class equipment inside a mobile vehicle. The government will then pay for primary health care at a pre-determined rate per patient served. Such an arrangement should enable the government to reduce the cost of providing medical services by more than 50% and make the service of FMS in PHCs economically viable.

This solution is considered more viable than the construction of specialized hospitals throughout the country. A major obstacle to the construction of hospitals in rural areas is their staffing with FMS.

One would normally invest between 15 and 40 years in education and training from the time he enters pre-medical school until he completes medical specialization training. As such, an FMS would normally practice in a community where he/she can receive an acceptable economic income to offset the effort invested in the medical profession. Thus, the FMS practices in the most developed urban areas, and not in rural or remote areas of the country.

It’s just a matter of economics. Bringing the FMS for seven to seven days to rural or remote areas of the country would enable them to provide Filipinos with life-changing medical services. This would also allow FMS to maintain their practice in urban areas.

PHC can make FMS membership economically viable. Although PHC will pay significantly lower professional fees per patient, the number of patients during the assignment will make the service economically viable for FMS. In other words, there will be economies of scale.

The proof of concept for the PHC is the surgical missions performed by the Hospital on Wheels led by Dr. Juan P. Sanchez. HOW conducts surgical missions to remote areas an average of three times a month.

A HOW mission, consisting of five surgeons, would cover one to two days and provide medical surgery for between 100 and 150 patients per day.

HOW’s medical surgery services include hernia operation, external body tumor removal, breast cyst operation, goiter removal and other general surgery services.

HOW began in 2007 as a project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Del Monte under the direction of Louie Pangulayan. Since then, he has operated on over 20,000 indigent Filipinos. With an average economic value of 50,000 pesos per surgery, HOW has donated over 1 billion pesos of community service in the Philippines.

Another proof of concept is the public elementary school vision screening missions carried out by Dr. Jeson Vinas and his wife Anne.

Dr. Vinas’ experience is that 99 percent of public elementary school students have never seen an optometrist before. About 25 to 30 percent of those who have had vision screening would need corrective eyewear.

The common reaction of those who have received free corrective eyewear is a realization that they are not “intellectually disabled.” After receiving corrective glasses, most students realize that the reason they couldn’t understand what their teacher wrote on the board before was because they couldn’t see clearly to read them in the first place. Allan Rolando Asi

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