This viral news about the passage of a news telling the people that all health facilities, whether government-owned or private, are now ‘prohibited’ from declining people who are seeking medical attention or from detaining them because of their inability to pay their hospital bills or other medical payments.
According to the news article of Trending News Portal, It is now unlawful for any hospital or medical facility to decline patients their needed treatment and/or medical attention that could prevent their death or permanent disability, according to Republic Act No. 8344, also known as the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law. The senate has already approved this Risa Hontiveros’ bill and they are expecting it to be widely implemented by the following year.
However, if these medical facilities continue to violate, it may deem them to pay an amount ranging 500K up to 1M pesos or even the imprisonment of the hospital officials and the revocation of their licenses and business permit to operate.
What is more good news is that under Republic Act No. 9439 or the Hospital Detention Law, hospitals and health facilities are not allowed to detain their patients if they are unable to pay their dues right away. They will have to follow a protocol that will involve accepting the patient’s promissory note.
The Private Hospital Association of the Philippines (PHAPI) said in an interview that they are not worried one bit about the law being passed.
The President of the Association, Rustico Jimenez, claimed that this is not a new development and that there is actually an existing law that encompasses the said bill. He even stated that the hospitals that are under their association already adopted this policy of not asking patients who are less fortunate for a payment or a deposit before giving them their needed medical attention or help.
“Usually pinapa-stable muna ang pasyente. Gagawan muna ng mga test. Ibibigay mo muna ang gamot. Pag stable na ang pasyente, ‘yun na ang time na ita-transfer mo sa government hospital,” he stated.
He concluded his statement by wishing that instead of these proposed sanctions, the government should help them pay for the expenses of the less fortunate patients that they help in their medical treatments and procedures.
It is indeed true that it is the government’s responsibility to provide and ensure their constituents the proper health care that they need. And, this is definitely a good start in achieving this goal. But, do you think in the current context of private and public hospitals in the country, will they ever be sanctioned or apprehended if they violated this new rule or law?
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