The Story Behind the Bicol Clinic Foundation Inc. in the Philippines

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When it comes to health care in the Philippines, the country’s system operates on a “cash first” basis, meaning there are few health care options for the poor, who make up a significant proportion of the population. Family members must buy their own medical supplies and the death rate, especially from curable diseases, is alarmingly high.

Recognizing the need to cater to a struggling part of Filipino society, an American physician trained in the Philippines started a free clinic in the Bicol area devoted to caring for the region’s sick and dying.

His story can be found here.

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