Albert Francis E. Domingo, MD

my flight of ideas

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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How much is that doctor in the window?

Commissioner Kim Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has declared, in several press releases on a supposedly forthcoming revenue memorandum, that practicing professionals will soon be required to post the rates of their professional fees in their offices or clinics. It seems from Henares’ pronouncements that this new requirement is intended to address […]


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