Medical Observer and BSA Create Platform for Pinoys to Voice Healthcare Issues

Medical Observer and BSA Create Platform for Pinoys to Voice Healthcare Issues


MANILA, PHILIPPINES – In a country where health is a big concern, it is important that there is a regular dialogue between the public, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and other important stakeholders who dictate the direction of healthcare in the Philippines. 

The lack of such has pushed Medical Observer and BrandSpeakAsia, with the support of Contractubex, to start the first MD Forum, an open healthcare forum to discuss healthcare and health issues in the Philippines.

a8Dubbed as the TEDtalk of Philippine Healthcare, the organizers have invited a pool of panelists from different sectors in the government and private institutions to take part in the discussions in the forum. The forum aims to be an incubator or a stage for presenting new ideas, and later on solutions, to existing healthcare and health issues of Filipinos.

Some of the invited panel speakers are Farouk Meralli, CEO of MClinica, Marl Gonzales, creator of DoctorFinder, Sen. Pia Cayetano, one of the known health advocates in the Senate, Dr. Custer Deocaris, an awarded stem cell researcher, and Dr. Tofi Sison, a renowned psychiatrist in the Philippines.

“I have always believed that the first step in solving any societal problem in the country is by putting all stakeholders in one room, locking them up there to debate and discuss until they come up with a common idea, a common solution that is applicable to all. Of course, we don’t have to lock up the speakers we invited for MD Forum.” , jokingly says Mario Jordan Fetalino III, Vice President for Digital Communications of Medical Observer.

“It’s about time the Philippines get rid of all its red tapes, especially when it concerns the health of the public. There are so many issues to tackle, but only a few people working on them in a sporadic manner.” , Mr. Fetalino adds. “ This forum will bring everyone together.”

“We have been left behind by our ASEAN neighbors in terms of healthcare. You have countries like Singapore who provides subsidies for healthcare to its population, paying at least 80% of their initial bill for any medical reasons; and that is just one of their many healthcare programs. I believe there is much to improve in our healthcare system, but I think it is not impossible for us to actually attain one that benefits all.

[pq]MD Forum is the dialogue that will entice and inspire people to actually achieve ‘Health for All’…[/pq]


…says Jena Fetalino, President of Medical Observer.

MD Forum will be held on April 27, 2015, 8:00am – 5:00pm in WhiteSpace Manila, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. The event is open to the public. To register for the event, go to

For more details, you may also email or call (02)501-5090.


– MJF, Medical Observer