Hontiveros: "Mas Mahalaga ang buhay kesa kita "

August 04, 2017

MANILA, Aug 4 — From now on, there is no need to worry about poor patients in hospitals who refuse to treat them in emergency situations without the patient's deposit, Senator Risa Hontiveros said Friday.

Hontiveros said after the presidential duterte signed Republic Act No. 10932 or strengthen the anti-hospital law.

“It is the duty of the State to provide adequate health care to its citizens. This law is a reflection of this duty and of our continued commitment to improve and provide sufficient health care to the sectors of society that need it the most. People who need emergency medical care can now be assured of stronger rights under the law,” Hontiveros said in a statement.

Under the new law signed by pres duterte. Hontiveros wrote, penalties include imprisonment of up to four years to six years for hospitals that require a deposit or for an advance payment for admission or medical treatment of an Emergency patient.

The fine will increase to reflect the strengthened of the regulation, hospitals that refuse to treat emergency patients with basic care face penalties ranging from PHP 100,000 to PHP 1,000,000.

The Department of Health (DoH) It is also permitted to revoke the license of a health facility after repeat of three repeated violations made, pursuant to the established policy Hospital or Clinic or upon the instruction of its management.

Hontiveros also thanked fellow senators for the support of this law and the executive branch for signing the proposal.

“Mas mahalaga ang buhay kesa kita. Dahil sa batas na ito, wala ng mahirap na itataboy ng mga abusadong hospital. Wala ng mahirap na magmamakaawa para sa medikal na (Life matters more than income. With this law, there won’t be any poor patients rejected by abusive hospitals. There won’t be any poor patients that would have to beg for medical services),” she added.



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