I am a practical woman. Though I believe in pursuing rights and privileges, I try to weigh things and lean towards worthwhile, feasible and efficient options. I find the conversion of the old Dispensary Building (former location of the Out-Patient Department of Philippine General Hospital) advantageous. More than an answer to local brain drain (highly competent professionals being lured by private companies for obvious reasons), the University Physicians Medical Center (UPMC) answers the need of middle class Filipinos for quality healthcare facilities and services.
UPMC aims to provide quality health services 25% lower than top Manila-based hospitals, pegging consultations around Php400 to Php500. With 11 Departments, the multi-specialty outpatient facility is a one-stop shop for healthcare needs. They will start offering Executive Check-up Packages that cater to clients with different health conditions based on health history. With a centralized HMO processing (all physicians are accredited), the facility provides easier access to diagnosis and treatment of top causes of mortality in the Philippines like heart disease, colon and breast cancer (with painless and non-invasive diagnostic equipment such as Virtual Clonoscopy), and diabetes is available at the facility. Help can be obtained from experts in allergies, scoliosis, and injuries incurred in sports among others. The center is equipped with 64 slicer CT Scan, 1.5 T MRI, Digital Fluoroscopy, Mammography, and Radiography.
I am looking forward to getting my son checked for the possibility of a Seminoma in his chest. Though, I am hoping that by then he no longer needs an operation. The Pediatrics Department is a comprehensive resource of child-care specialists.
|UPMC President and CEO Edwin M. Mercado, MD, demonstrating how specimens are sent to the laboratory|
UPMC features an ambulatory surgicenter where after recovering from surgery, patients can go home and arrangements (in cooperation with the UP College of Nursing) will be made for home service post-surgery care. This will immensely remove associated hospitalization cost. I wonder what the rates are for home service arrangements. Healthcare at home has been popular for some time in the states and I am glad that we're catching up. This means more local opportunities for Filipino qualified nurses and caregivers. Aside from the elderly, the disabled and patients who need critical care can now get medical attention from the comfort of their home.
|UPMC Reading Room|
Controversies and system-wide outrage have haunted the UP System since plans of privatization had been laid during the 90s. UP, despite complaints from different factions that it badly needs rehabilitation and upgrading, continue to fight for students' rights to free/subsidized education. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I think it's about time the administrators push for independence despite the government's responsibility to allocate sufficient funding for its operation.