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Arroyo files bill to address shortage of rural doctors

Sep 20, 2017 @ 8:34

Former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has filed a bill that will address the shortage of doctors to the barrio.

Arroyo’s House Bill No. 3586 aims to attract fresh graduates to rural medical practice by creating a Philippine Medical Academy and a Philippine Medical Scholarship and Service Program that will enable students to pursue medical courses for free.

“There is an urgent need to create a steadily expanding pool of medical doctors to strengthen and expand the core of the public health service system through institutional mechanisms and programs,” said Arroyo.
She pointed out that many hospitals in rural areas in the Visayas and Mindanao are facing imminent closure because of lack of doctors.

Medical studies, in turn, has become beyond the reach of Filipino families even those belonging to the upper middle class.

The situation, she pointed out, has been aggravated by doctors taking up nursing and leaving the country for more lucrative jobs abroad.

Under her bill, the PMA shall be the primary educational institutional mechanism for the sustained human resource development for the Philippine Public Health Care System.

The PMA, in partnership with other lawful entities in the public and private sectors, shall provide and undertake measures to generate the necessary financial, technical, physical and other resources needed to efficiently and effectively man, equip, manage and develop the University of the Philippines – College of Medicine as the institutional Core of the PMA.

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