Thanks to President Duterte's (Health Agenda), Cebu Hospital Will Now Accept ALL PATIENTS Without Requiring Down Payment!
A number of patients have died in the Philippines after they were refused treatment in hospitals because they had no money to pay for the required down payment – even if their families begged for the hospital staff to attend to their needs as they would just try to find money later on.
While the staff are often only forced to do this because of hospital policy, this did not also prevent the patients’ families from blaming them for the deaths – with some even going viral on social media for these situations.
Thanks to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, however, this practice might soon be ending! Cebu Flash Report released a copy of the memo from the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (formerly Southern Islands Medical Center) entitled, "Duterte Health Agenda – Emergency Department Services".
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In this memo, reforms will be implemented in the Emergency Department Services, with patients no longer required to pay a downpayment for services to be rendered by the hospital. Aside from receiving procedures, they can also avail of laboratory services and medicines in the emergency room even without downpayment.
Aside from scrapping the downpayment policy, the hospital will now also provide medicines for patients in the wards even if they have not yet paid their partial bills, to ensure the consistent flow of medications necessary for their safety and well-being.
This certainly is good news! Thanks to Pres. Duterte and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center for this awesome initiative. We hope all hospitals in the country would soon follow suit!
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