A Sad News And Just A Quick Thought On Our Country's Health Care System

by - Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I received a text message from my best friend informing me about the death of one of our friends who died due to a motorcycle crash. Unfortunately, the accident happened somewhere where there aren't much people around. Our friend wasn't able to receive medical care at once resulting to his death. The doctor declared "dead on arrival" on his record. My friend suffered from what they call traumatic brain injury. Medical experts said that he could have had a good chance to survive if he was only rushed to the hospital at once. It was a very heartbreaking news.

According to statistics, 50% of the patients who have gone through vehicular (may it be motorcycle, truck, bicycle, car, etc) accidents will end up having brain injury in which some of the cases result to death. Those patients who are able to survive brain trauma will have to undergo necessary health/hospital care and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, such needs involve money, time and patience. It is also important to know whether the patient's insurance will take care of his/her bills during the entire process or not. In our country (the Philippines) there are many who aren't insured and if they are, there are times when the health system isn't enough to match every brain injury patient's health requirements. Rich people usually fly their patients to countries such as the US or the UK where proper medical care can be achieved. However, a lot can not afford such a process which is a sad truth.

It is my third day of vacation here in my home country and I can deeply feel the poverty pinching my heart. I just hope that our new leaders after the upcoming May election will somehow look into improving the health care system of the country. I am not expecting a sudden total change of events but at least an improvement will definitely make a huge difference.

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  1. Hi Maxi! :* :* :*

    That is sad to hear that your friend died under those circumstances. But you're right about medical care and its costs. It has been detrimental to many people.

    Best wishes for you on your vacation my friend! ;) :)

  2. i am deeply sorry to hear about you friend Maxi. I know that good medical care is very expensive over there. I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation my friend . Gina is going to be going back in March for about a month and i will be all by myself :(.

  3. I'm so sorry for your loss Maxi... hugs!

  4. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

  5. may your friend rest i n peace te maxi! ;)

  6. and oh!Misssed u!! :*

  7. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Healthcare must get better.

  8. :'( the sad truth .... i feel for you Ate Max... my cuzin died a couple of years ago due to a motorcycle accident as well ... he was brought to a provincial hospital but after a couple of hours...he was declared dead ... I hope the Philippine government will do something about it... :'( :'( :'(

  9. Peace to you for the loss of your friend.


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