Universal Health Coverage… Another Model

In the Philippines, health care is a right, explicitly stated in the constitution.  This wording allowed for the creation of PhilHealth, the universal health insurance for Filipinos in 2013.  Under this national plan, all people are eligible and encouraged to enroll.  Approximately 95% of Filipinos currently have PhilHealth.  They are the 12th most populated country…

Have Fun and Avoid Diarrhea

So there are three of us here in the Philippines together:  my roommate Nadia and my non-roommate Alec.  Nadia is a master of science in global health student and Alec is a 4th year medical student at another Osteopathic school, just like me.  These two people are well traveled, especially Alec.  He has this travelers’…

Welcome to the United States of Asia

I arrive in the Philippines and am relieved to find English speaking people to be the norm once again.  Part of my motivation for going to the Philippines is the fact that English is one of their national languages.  I went to Ecuador and frequently found myself taking 15 minutes mentally just to say a…

Becoming a Foreigner

Luckily my transition was a little more gradual.  As I flew on China Southern airlines, I sat in the middle seat, squeezed between a man from NYC and a woman who spoke only Chinese.  With plenty of English speaking crew, I didn’t notice it was getting harder and harder to be understood. After having my…