The Ace Factor in ACES (excerpt)
By By Ruth G. Mercado
Published in Freeman (print) and philstar.com (web)
[....] “We have different fields of sub-specialization and we don’t charge for that extra consultation or for the second and third opinion,” said Dr. Ronald Rellosa Medalle, who specializes in oculoplastic surgery.
Headed by Dr. Reuben Rama Aquino, the ACES team has experts who pioneer in their respective fields in Cebu or the region. Dr. Aquino specializes and pioneers in anterior segment specialization and corneal transplant. Dr. Victorio Naranjo Cajita is the first retina specialist in Cebu, Dr. Teodoro Kintanar Gonzales is the region’s first glaucoma specialist while Dr. Medalle is the first oculoplastic surgeon in Cebu dealing with cosmetic or reconstructive surgery around the eyes.
Dr. Loren Yap Ong is the first pediatric ophthalmologist in the region who also specializes in the treatment of strabismus or a visual condition in which the eye cannot focus with the other on an object because of imbalance in eye muscles. A person with strabismus is often referred to as cross-eyed.
Dr. Bryan Tan is a member of the ACES Refractive Surgery Team and performs photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) to treat refractive errors by reshaping the cornea, phacoemulsification or cataract surgery and corneal transplants. Dr. Pamela Tarongoy is a glaucoma specialist.
Collaborative treatment protocol.
What is equally beneficial about team practice is that it protects a patient from being misdiagnosed because each specialist can check on the complexity of a patient’s condition and collaborate in the treatment protocol. The consultation fee is also packaged so that this is socialized based on the patient’s capability to pay and complexity of the disease. Consultations may be covered with accredited health insurance companies. Otherwise there are no hidden charges or surcharges for optimum eye care. [...]
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