The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. on Saturday said that its regional office for Northern Mindanao has signed landmark memorandum of agreements (MOAs) with six Cagayan de Oro City-based PhilHealth-accredited hospitals, for the implementation of the “No Hospital Deposit Policy” for PhilHealth members.
The signing ceremony was held at the SEDA Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.
According to medical doctor Israel Paragas, PhilHealth officer-in-charge vice president for corporate affairs group, the MOA seeks to strengthen Republic Act 10932, or the “No Hospital Deposit Law.”
“It mandates that “in emergency or serious cases, it shall be unlawful for any hospital or medical clinic to request, solicit, demand or accept any deposit or any other form of advance payment as prerequisite for administering basic emergency care, for confinement or medical treatment, or to refuse to administer medical treatment and support any patient,” he said.
Under the agreement, the PhilHealth accredited hospital shall not impose a deposit requirement for eligible PhilHealth members and their dependents who come to the facility for confinement or admission. This will apply to both emergency and non-emergency cases. It also allows admission or confinement of all eligible PhilHealth members without any deposit requirement in all types of room accommodation.
He added that the MOA will eventually encourage other private hospitals and facilities to follow suit and prioritize the treatment of patients rather than compromise their health and safety because of financial constraints
The MOA were signed by Ruben Go, Medical Director of CDO Polymedic Plaza; Miguel Kho of Madonna and Child Hospital; Jesus Jardin of Capitol University Medical Center; Dexter Garcia of Cagayan de Oro Medical Center; and Michael Sabal of Sabal Hospital.
Also, Mercy Corazon Bangot of Maria Reyna XU Hospital and Datu Masiding Alonto Jr., area vice-president for Mindanao, signed the historic document.
The partnership was sealed in the presence of Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan De Oro, Carlo Franco Thomas Limjoco of the Department of Health-Northern Mindanao Office and City Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane.