Albert Francis E. Domingo, MD

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Power, Pesos, and Public-Private Partnerships in the Philippine Health Sector

While it is acknowledged that the free market system and its perceived advantages as regards allocative efficiency can never take hold 100 percent due to so-called “market failures” (Morris S. et al. 2012, pp.114-132), Buse K. et al. (2012, p.52) points out that the general anti-state, pro-market trend of the 1980s arose due to allegations […]


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The Philippine Puzzle of Missing Medicines and Maldistributed Health Workers

Unmet need for healthcare and its derived factors of production such as medicines and labour is not the same as demand for these factors (Dussault G. and M. Vujicic 2008). The combination of a shortage of pharmaceuticals and a surplus of labour on the background of unmet need may be seen in a low middle-income […]


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From Guilty Pleasure to Medicinal Measure: Evolving Cannabis Policy in the Philippines

When is a drug “therapeutic” as opposed to “recreational”? The first term connotes an established usage in clinical medicine, while the second implies use for leisure with attendant state intervention in varying degrees across multiple jurisdictions. Cannabis, which is more commonly known as marijuana, has the primary psychoactive ingredient Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); other molecules found in […]


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