Starting today, hospitals owned and operated by the Manila City government will collect fees.
Manila owns six hospitals—Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Del Pan, Ospital ng Tondo, Justice Abad Santos General Hospital in Binondo, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Maynila and Santa Ana Hospital.
During the time of Mayor Alfredo Lim, Manila residents enjoyed free medical services in city hospitals. Poor patients were also given free medicines.
But such services will end as city ordinance 8331, better known as the Omnibus Revenue Code, takes effect.
Fifth District Councilor Mon Yupangco who sponsored the ordinance said not all people who go to the city’s hospitals are residents of Manila.
Hospitals have posted signs informing patients that they will start collecting fees when the Omnibus Revenue Code takes effect on February 17, 2014.
Dr. Boy Pascual, assistant medical director of the Ospital ng Maynila, said discounts will be given to non-indigent patients from Manila.
He said those in the A or B bracket will get a 10-percent discount, while patients in the C bracket will be given 25-percent to 75-percent discount. Meanwhile, those in the D bracket will not be charged.
Doctors will also start collecting fees. Emergency patients will be charged P200, while outpatients will have to pay P100.
Manila hospitals will also collect fees for the following procedures: ultrasound, from P300 to P3,000; dialysis, P1,800 per session and P200 for professional fee; physical therapy, P500 per session and P500 professional fee; X-ray, P60 and an additional P40 for every FX-ray film; hand X-ray, P270; and CT scan, from P2,500 to P7,000.
The Ospital ng Tondo will start collecting fees this month.