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Health in the Hands of the People: Framework and Action is a collection of Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan’s essays, reflecting over three decades of his work in the field of medicine and public health. Drawing from his experience from as far back as 1970s in the doctorless island of Maripipi in Biliran, the book tackles a wide range of issues that plague the Philippine Health System to this very day. It touches on the predominance of Western approach to diagnosis and treatment, economic, political and cultural factors that shape service delivery, the myriad of health system reforms implemented to diminish health disparities, among many others. It is a visionary piece that looks forward to the day when development of national and local policies, programs and services are more participative and responsive to the needs of the people, a time when grassroots leadership in health is the norm rather than the exception.  

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