Dok, sa Pilipinas ka ba nag-Med School

Teri Hatcher: “Okey before we go any further, can I check those diplomas ‘coz I just wanna make sure that they’re not from some med school in the Philippines.”

That is a line from the TV-series Desperate Housewives of ABC in the US. Whew!!! check this out for yourselves:

I read about this on the blogs of Kengkay, Jun Anteola, the Brath and Ambo this morning. And I got really disturbed. When did ABC’s Desperate Housewives earn the right to insult and put into question the credibility of the medical schools in the Philippines? Well, at first I thought maybe this is what we get for the Nursing Board Exam Leak Scandal or this is what we get for the various corruption scandals that our government has been accused of being involved in. But hey that doesn’t give anyone the right to insult Philippine medical practitioners and institutions (med schools in particular).

I did a little searching and consulted Dr. Google on medical malpractices. I got this from the Fagellaw.com, a website of a US law firm that summarizes their successes in medical malpractice suits. Here are some:

  • $59.3 million gross dollar verdict ($7.85 million present cash value) against a hospital in Contra Costa County on behalf of a 3½ year-old child who suffered a brain injury from a lack of oxygen at birth as a result of a delay in delivery by caesarean section. The mother developed high blood pressure during labor which led to fetal distress. After the hospital filed an appeal, the case was settled with the hospital and obstetrician.
  • $43.5 million gross dollar verdict ($15.8 million present cash value) against a hospital in San Bernardino County on behalf of a 2½ year-old child who suffered a brain injury from a lack of oxygen when he was found not breathing at age 4 months in a hospital where he had been admitted for treatment of a respiratory infection. After trial, the hospital agreed to fund an annuity to pay the amount of the judgment.
  • $38.2 million gross dollar verdict ($5 million present cash value) against an obstetrician and a hospital in Santa Clara County on behalf of a 4½ year-old child who suffered a brain injury from a lack of oxygen at birth as a result of a delay in delivery by caesarean section. The hospital settled while the jury was deliberating, and after the verdict and entry of judgment against the obstetrician and her medical group, there was a settlement which funded an annuity to pay the jury verdict.
  • $23 million gross dollar verdict ($7.9 million present cash value) against a Medical Center in Orange County on behalf of a 35 year-old single woman who suffered a brain injury from a respiratory arrest following elective gynecologic surgery. After the trial, the Medical Center paid the judgment.
  • $18 million gross dollar verdict ($5.9 million present cash value) against a physician and hospital in Sacramento County on behalf of a 2 ½ year-old child who suffered a brain injury from a lack of oxygen at birth after his mother suffered a uterine rupture during a VBAC trial of labor. After the trial, the physician settled for his $1 million insurance policy limit, and the hospital then paid the remaining net judgment.
  • $13 million gross dollar verdict ($5.2 million present cash value) against a physician and medical group in Los Angeles County on behalf of a 3 year-old child who suffered a brain injury from a lack of oxygen at birth after a delay in delivery by emergency c-section. Prior to trial, the hospital had settled for $925,000 cash and after the trial the physician and his medical group settled for $4 million cash.
  • $12.3 million gross dollar verdict ($5.6 million present cash value ) against a nurse anesthetist and an out-patient surgical center in San Bernardino County on behalf of a 29 year-old wife who suffered a brain injury from seizures and a cardiac arrest following cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. The surgeon and another physician settled during trial for $2 million cash. After trial the nurse anesthetist and surgi-center settled for the remaining net judgment.
  • $10 million cash settlement against a hospital and neonatal group in Riverside County on behalf of a 2 year-old child who was born premature with an imperforate anus which was not diagnosed until after a bowel perforation, which resulted in the death of a large portion of his small intestine. The removal of the intestine requires TPN care for the rest of his life. This settlement is the largest pre-trial settlement in California.

Now those are examples of Medical Malpractice cases won by a single US law firm. Furthermore, here are some Medical Malpractice statistics from Ezine@articles that complains about the volume of malpractice suits against US doctors:

  • Of all the malpractice trials in the United States last year, nearly 50% of them were against surgeons and other doctors representing only 75 of the largest counties in the United States.
  • Another 33% of the malpractice trials in the United States last year was against non surgical physicians in the 75 largest counties in the country. Adding these two numbers together you get 83% of all medical malpractice suits in the United States last year was against only 75 counties. There are literally thousands of counties in the United States.
  • Close to 19,000 medical malpractice payment reports were made in the US last year according to the Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS. This is an absolutely staggering number.
  • It is estimated that about 25% of all the doctors in the United States get sued on an annual basis.
  • It is also estimated that between 50 and 65% of all doctors in the United States are sued at least once in their career. That gives you less than a 50% chance of getting through your career without an incident.
  • What is even more staggering is that of all the malpractice payment reports made world wide, over 80% of those payments were made by United States doctors with the whole rest of the world accounting for just 20% of all payments made for malpractice.

Why am I posting these? Well, just to drive the point that before the Desperate Housewives show look across the Pacific Ocean to the Philippines, they should have looked in their own backyard first. Don’t tell me all these doctors who lost medical malpractice cases in the US are graduates of Philippine Med Schools. If you need a malpractice lawyer, go get someone from the US, they have a lot of malpractice practice.

I am not saying these to hit at American doctors and say that our doctors are better. The Philippine health situation leaves much to be desired, yes that is true, but does not mean our medical schools suck. Our system sucks because precisely it is patterned after the system of the Desperate Housewives’ country.

The Philippines is suffering from braindrain of medical professionals who are so in demand in other countries because of their expertise and skills. I just can’t accept this cheap shot from that TV show.

26 Tugon

  1. grabe naman sila mang discriminate! Mga bastos! magg-ingay pa tayo para mag apologize sila! mga hayop!

  2. it’s truly insulting. i used to watch DH pa naman dati. baka kaya tumigil na ako sa 2nd season? hehe. nga pala the best doctors, according to some american doctors, are here in our lovely islands. meron ako kamag-anak dati who went to the u.s. of a. para magpagamot. ang sabi ng kanong doctor dun,’ why spend money going here? the best ones are in your country.’ di man lang ba nag-isip ang mga writers at producers ng DH? kse sila naman talaga dapat ang sisihin sa insidenteng ito. or feeling nyo, adlib ni teri hatcher ito? baka gusto pa nila sumikat lalo. hehe. tulad nga ng napanood ko sa Q nung isang gabi, one of the pinaka easy ways to be a star, get involved in a scandal/makipag-away. haha

  3. Loko ‘to ah. Hindi ba pwedeng mag-file ng complaint ang Fil-Am community laban sa scriptwriter nito?

  4. Kitam? On the record na pala yan! Tapos tayo ang isasawsaw sa walang kwentang show na yan.

  5. wala akong makitang ibang dahilan talaga kundi gusto nilang gumawa ng eksena. eh ang Kano pa, napaka balat sibuyas pagdating sa political correctness? eh bakit itong isang ito nakawala sa ere? baka sadya talaga?

    i am hoping ABC will address this issue soon.

  6. hayy sana lang inalam muna nila, esp ung writer at produ ng DH, ang kakayahan at galing ng PInoy med professionals pati na rin ng mga med schools bago nila idisrespect at isama sa linya nila. They really should apologize…

  7. selvi, dapat nating ipakita sa kanila kung ano talaga ang ating kakayanan, di ba?

  8. sino nga ba yung nagsabi na “you cannot insult me unless I allow you to?” (or something to that effect)… ang nakakatawa lang dito, mas maraming dahilan (sa totoo) lang na insultuhin ang mga Kano kaysa sa atin (sa dami ba naman ng mga kalokohang nagawa, ginagawa, at tiyak na gagawin nila e)… insecure lang mga yun!

  9. […] nomadic thoughts: I am not saying these to hit at American doctors and say that our doctors are better. The Philippine health situation leaves much to be desired, yes that is true, but does not mean our medical schools suck. […]

  10. mabuti na lang at hindi ko nakahiligan manuod ng programang ‘to…

  11. Ibagsak ang Desperate Housewives!!!!

    May research pa si Koya, ang galeng talaga. =D

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  13. BRATH: “Okey before we go any further, can I check those diplomas ‘coz I just wanna make sure that they’re not from some med school in the UNITED STATES.”

    Ampf!

    xiao!

  14. pero bakit sa kabila nito, milyon milyon pa rin sa atin ang kapit na kapit sa kanilang kultura at mga produkto? if we have the courage na hingan sila ng public apology, might as well have one to turn our back against them altogether…? ang kaso, ang presidente mismo natin ang nangungunang kiss a$@ sa mga kano…nakakalungkot

  15. […] Dok, sa Pilipinas ka ba nag-Med School […]

  16. Banning these kind of shows in the Philippines doesn’t solve the problem but instead, we have to prove that they are wrong.

  17. Thanks a lot , Great

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  19. I must admit that this really flares up my tantrum. Other than world news I don’t watch anything on TV. Everything is BS-really. Who watches Desperate Housewives anyway? They attack other cultures etc because they can’t defend their own. I think the show is trashy- probably” made for obnoxious white trash people! They are stupid and are very narrow-minded.

    Anyway, I am proud to be a Pinoy, always be and always have been. Hell with them! If it were not for immigrants like us-this country will not be as good as they think it is.

    Etchet-
    Manhattan Beach, CA

  20. […] Dok, sa Pilipinas ka ba nag Med-School? […]

  21. i like this blog thanks…
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  22. I am conducting a research about Medical Malpractice here in the Philippines, specifically here in Quezon city and Manila.

    Thank you for this post. It helped me in conducting my study.

  23. […] Dok, sa Pilipinas ka ba nag-Med School […]

  24. cute nia pala..ngayon ko lang sia nakita na naiinterview sa tv….she is so cute and real to her self, natural beauty at sana wag sia? magbago…mahiyain yata sia……luv u girl….. visit http://goo.gl/HNBgn to watch pinoy tv shows

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