A Boholano’s View by Jose “Pepe” Abueva
The Bohol Chronicle
January 13, 2013
Health care in our adopted hometown away from Bohol. Since we moved to Antipolo in 1969 after living 20 years on the U.P. Diliman campus, we still avail ourselves of the services of the U.P. Health Service in Diliman, 23 kilometers away.
But for immediate health care it is a boon to have excellent healthcare for our family provided by Clinica Antipolo, headed by Dr. Dominador SA. Pedracio, a general and cancer surgeon. Clinica Antipolo Hospital and Wellness Center is the first tertiary healthcare institution in Rizal Province that reconciles traditional and alternative medicine. It’s a short drive from our home in Barangay Beverly Hills to the 120-room hospital on Ninoy Aquino Avenue. It’s also very near the provincial capitol of Rizal province located in Antipolo City.
Vacation in Bohol. From 9 to 23 December, my wife, Coring, and I had an enjoyable vacation in Tagbilaran and Duero, the Abueva ancestral hometown. My retired sister, Ching Floro, now lives in the Abueva ancestral home we call Handurawan, Balay Abueva. Our brother Billy (Napoleon) built Handurawan in the 1980s.
The big home is by the sea and in the poblacion square along with the Duero Elementary School, the Duero Municipal Hall, and the Church and convent. We very much enjoyed Ching’s good cooking and baking, and the Bohol delicacies she had prepared (puto maya, suman, dinomugan). The old place is for us full of memories of our childhood in the 1930s and during World War II and the Japanese occupation.
Where we should just be relaxing in Duero, we also worry that the sea continues to rise and we can hear the waves pounding on the approaching shore, especially at night. The sea has swallowed up 4 to 5 rows of coconut trees on our land since the 1950s. Yes, it is the accelerating effect of global warming and climate change. Bohol has to address this real threat to some parts of its coasts. Our government should be proactive because our whole archipelago is vulnerable. In the United States they are addressing the threats to coastal places that became very harsh as shown by super-typhoon Sandy in New Jersey and New York in November 2012.
Christmas and New Year and then…. Our family celebration in Antipolo was a very happy one because of our year-end reunion and celebration, and the Bohol delicacies we brought home from Duero.
Then, on New Year’s eve my oldest brother, Teddy, had to be rushed to Clinica Antipolo in an ambulance. He has been bed-ridden by a stroke for about five years. This was the first hospitalization of a family member in the brand new Clinica Antipolo facilities. And this was how I discovered its good hospitalization services. The Chairman, Dr. Pedracio is a truly caring doctor with admirable bedside manners. He comforted and humored Teddy who will turn 90 years old in July.
Patient’s Rights and Responsibilities. I’d like to share this important statement of Clinica Antipolo which I learned for the first time and is very enlightening.
1. Right to safe and good quality medical care.
2. Right to freedom of choice (of medical service).
3. Right to self-determination (and to object to being the subject to experimentation).
4. Right to leave (the hospital and go home).
5. Right to minors or legally incompetent patients.
6. Right to refuse treatment or procedures.
7. Right to information (about the patient’s true condition and the payments to be made).
8. Right to privacy and confidentiality (about his illness and the cost of treatment).
9. Right to receive Health Education.
10. Right to dignity (dignified attention by the hospital doctors and staff).
11. Right to religious belief (to refuse treatment that is against his religion, after being informed of the benefit and risk of the treatment).
1. The responsibility to provide information (complete information about his illness.)
2. The responsibility to know your health care team (in the hospital).
3. The responsibility to comply with instructions and to be involved in the decisions regarding your health care.
4. The responsibility to ask questions regarding the nature of your illness and its management, including options, likely outcomes, benefits, risks and costs.
5. The responsibility to pay hospital charges (hospital bills).
6. The responsibility to inform the physicians of refusal of treatment or problems adhering to the plan of care agreed upon.
7. The responsibility to comply with hospital rules and regulations.
8. The responsibility for being considerate of the needs of other patients and hospital staff.
Some Do’s and Don’ts. I fully agree with observing visiting hours, infection control, parking security, and waste disposal. I fully understand but find it inconvenient that all payments must be made in cash: no checks and credit cards are allowed for payments.
Health care and insurance. An essential part of one’s human security is good health through good food and exercise, and retirement pension and health insurance.
For the many who cannot afford private health care, we have to develop our economy and social welfare program as the developed countries have done. It is also good to know that several of these countries, like Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy are having their share of socio-economic problems. Surely, good governance, and our overall development are our continuing concerns as a developing nation and aspiring democracy.