Manila public hospitals start charging fees

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Starting today, hospitals owned and operated by the Manila City government will collect fees.

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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.

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3 Comments

  1. Asan na ang “motto” ni Erap para sa mahihirap. Tama lang talaga ang pagkakapares nila ni Isko Moreno, pulos artista kasi at sanay sa pagkukunwari, kaya, ayan ang napala ng taga maynila.Katulad din sila nina Jinggoy Estrada at Bong Revilla.

  2. Poor Philippines! While neighboring countries such as NZ, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore provide universal healthcare (no fees or just small fees charged to all citizens), our country still can’t come with anything that closely resemble universal healthcare provided by most Western countries to their citizens.

    Why is the Philippines decades behind advanced countries in healthcare? 1) Poor tax collection due to smuggling and rampant tax evasion in the country 2) massive corruption in all branches of the government 3) unsustainable rapid increase in population 4) massive poverty that exempts just about half of the people of working ages from paying income taxes.

  3. I know Manila government is strapped for cash, but I wish they would maintain the free medical service that Mayor Lim has started. The indigents could barely scrape P100 for their daily food, what more for medical services. With the money coming in from those commission-hungry traffic enforcers, those alert parking attendants, those exorbitant fees charged by the towing trucks, the double digit increase in real property taxes and permits and licenses, I think Manila has earned enough money to give better public services.