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Suzette names hospitals that still requires cash deposits

By LITO RULONA
Correspondent

COUNCILOR Suzette Daba pointed to two hospitals in the city as she complained to a city council committee about the cash deposits being required before patients are admitted to hospitals.

Daba identified the hospitals as the Cagayan de Oro Medical Center, and the Polymedic Medical Plaza.

Daba named the hospitals during the Friday meeting of the city council’s committee on health, sanitation and health insurance that has started looking into the implementation of Republic Act 8344 or the anti-hospital deposit law here.

The law penalizes hospitals and clinics that refuse or don’t administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support to patients in emergency situations even as it outlaws the downpayment requirement.

Daba said her experience with the two hospitals confirmed that the hospital downpayment policy is still prevalent in the city despite the law against it.

The councilor just lost her father, former mayor Pablo Magtajas, who died of cardiac arrest after hours of waiting for an available intensive care unit room. The ex-mayor was first rushed to the Polymedic Plaza in Kauswagan around noontime, and then he was moved to the Cagayan de Oro Medical Center later in the afternoon. He died in an ICU room there in the evening.

Daba said she was asked to deposit P50 thousand before her 77-year old father was admitted to the ICU of the Cagayan de Oro Medical Center.

Early this year, Magtajas had also been confined to the Polymedic Plaza where he had been placed under intensive care.

“That is their usual practice, according to other patients, who witnessed the incident. Og kami na gyud mismo ang nabiktima. Even before the case of my father, there were some people I know who claimed nga wala gihapon sila dawata kung walay deposit. This is already a common practice by some or almost all the hospitals,” Daba said.

In January  when her father was confined at the  Polymedic Plaza, she said, a nurse regularly called her up to inform her that the cash deposit she made was already spent, and that she needed to give more money.

Daba said she asked the nurse what the hospital would do in case the family of a patient failed to give more money, and she was told that they would simply stop giving the medicines.

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About Lito Rulona

Lito Rulona is a veteran newspaperman and broadcaster who covered many of the biggest stories in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental and Northern Mindanao since the early 90s.

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One comment

  1. Ang akong lola nga naay kidney failure gibalhin namo from JR Broja to COMC kay na stroke intawon and kulang ang facility sa JRBH. Pag abot sa COMC, giignan dayun kos attending physician, usa ka babae, nga pina singhag ug naka menus nga pagka storya “Sir, kinahanglan mo mu down ug 5K!” nag rason ko ug niingon “so mamatay ang akong lola kay wala man mi i down?” miingon lang dayun sya “basta kay kinahanglan mo mag down ug 5K!” maygani na luoy ang usa ka nurse sa ako ug gi ubanan ko sa billing office. maypa ang mga tao didto (billing office) mga maayo pa ug batasan. niingon ang taga billing nga “pwede raman mo nga walay down payment sir.”

    kanang piniste nga doctora diha nga murag wakwak ug nawong, sipsip siguro sa tag iya, maayo unta imbistigahan.

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