Sen. Richard Gordon has called on the Department of Health (DoH) to look into public complaints against government and private hospitals that allegedly make people suffer for imposing excessive fees and other “unjust practices.”
Gordon said Saturday the DoH must take the necessary action to put a stop some hospitals from collecting deposits before admission, requiring blood retesting for blood coming from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and requiring purchase of medicines from the hospital’s pharmacy, among others.
“As I have stressed multiple times in the past, medical facilities’ practice of charging retesting fees for PRC blood units and other unjust practices such as imposing exorbitant fees and demanding deposits before a patient is admitted, among others are unnecessary and only add to the burden poor Filipinos who are already financially stressed,” said Gordon, who chairman of PRC.
“I am not against hospitals but they should not let the people suffer. These hospitals are clearly violating laws, rules, and regulations,” Gordon said.
The senator mentioned 14 hospitals being complained for the “unjust practices” namely Philippine General Hospital, National Kidney Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Lourdes Hospital, Labor Hospital, James L. Gordon Hospital in Olongapo City, Community Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Medical Center in Dagupan City, Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, MCU Hospital, Aklan Provincial Hospital, Manila East Medical Center in Taytay, Rizal and Parañaque Doctors’ Hospital.
Gordon also cited three of the many complaints against hospitals that he received.
“Sad and true. Dead on arrival na tatay ko, 24k pa binayaran ko plus 1,500 kay mama na pinakalma lang. Plus sa confinement days ni papa habang naggagamot na dinischarge dahil kaya na daw ng oral medication. Pero after 3 days namatay sa bahay. Tapos everyday may billing na kelangan mong bayaran, di bibigyan ng gamot pag di pa bayad at sobrang mamahal pa ng gamut,” a Facebook user complained.
“Ang anak ko po, dinala namin sa isang private hospital kaso hinihingan kami ng 50K pangdeposit eh wala akong ganung kalaking pera at that time…Talamak sa pgh at labor hosp. Tamad din mga doctor… Pero sa totoo lang mas mahal pa sa lourdes,” another complainant said.
“Sa pilipinas, Mahal ang magkasakit.. Pag na ospital ka, sa laki ng babayaran MO, mas gugustuhin mo pang mamatay.. Kasi mamamatay k din sa kaiisip panu ka makakabayad sa hospital bills.. Kawawang Pilipino,” according to a third complaint.