As the Philippines prepares to embark on a nationwide gender-blind medical care program, the health system is already struggling to attract a full complement of doctors.
And with only 10 percent of doctors being women, many of them having less than a Bachelor’s degree, the Philippines has no shortage of candidates.
In an effort to address the shortage, the Philippine Medical Association has launched a “male complex” program that allows doctors to become fully qualified male doctors.
The program is a joint effort between the PMA and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Under the program, eligible doctors will undergo a comprehensive assessment of their qualifications and training.
The doctor will then be placed in a group with doctors who have similar qualifications, and they will work closely together to design a plan for the medical care of the population.
“The objective is to recruit doctors who are not just qualified doctors, but are also experts in gender, gender transition, and gender-specific healthcare,” said PMA Secretary-General Dr. Ramon Garcia.
The PMA will use the program to recruit and train doctors who want to work in the country.
The program, which has been in operation for more than a year, is set to launch in December and is expected to attract up to 6,000 doctors.
According to Garcia, the program is expected help the Philippine health system attract more qualified doctors.
“In a country like the Philippines, the doctors are so underutilized,” he said.
“The country has a need for specialists who are able to deliver the best care.”