PASIG CITY, July 6 (PIA) - The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) offers free online consultation to help patients in their medical needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the Laging Handa Public Briefing last Saturday, PMA Vice President Dr. Benito Atienza cited the importance of online consultation to help patients.
"Napakahalaga nito kasi nababawasan ang mga pasyenteng pumupunta ng emergency room. Nababawasan din ang agam-agam at pangamba," said Dr. Atienza.
Atienza pointed that through online consultation, patients will less likely contract other infections at hospitals.
"Nakakabawas ng pasyente sa emergency room, kasi kung minsan 'pag lahat ng pasyente pumunta sa emergency room baka mahawa sila ng ibang sakit."
Dr. Atienza said that aside from tele-consultations, the doctors can also provide their patients with e-prescriptions.
Atienza advised the public to visit the Digital Online Consultation for our People's Healthcare or DOCPH website https://www.docph.org/ and follow the steps upon registration. Clinic hours is from 9:00AM to 9:00PM, daily.
He also assured that all data that will be provided is protected by the Data Privacy Act.
"Hindi malalaman ng pasyente ang telepono ng doktor at ang doktor naman 'di malalaman ang number nung pasyente at yung kanilang data ay mapoprotektahan."
The PMA official added that their association is closely working with the Philippine Hospital Association and the Department of Health (DOH), wherein they also provide referrals to other hospitals that would cater to the needs of consulting patients.
Launched in April, DOC PHILIPPINES (DOCPH) is a free online consultation facility that primarily aims to help ease the huge number of patients flocking our overwhelmed hospitals/clinics due to the COVID-19 crisis by providing effective professional Tele-Medicine (non-physical contact) services nationwide directly to people. (DOCPH/PIA-NCR)