CITY OF SAN FERNANDO–Pampanga Third District Board Member Rosve Henson on Tuesday assailed the regional government hospital of Central Luzon here for alleged “sudden exorbitant” increase of fees, burdening poor residents of Pampanga and nearby provinces.
Henson said that officials of the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBLMRH) here, which is under the Department of Health (DOH), “have a lot of explaining to do in connection with the fees on services” reportedly increased last June 2013.
Henson cited that the fee for “normal” birth delivery, earlier priced at P3,000, is now pegged at P4,500.
Henson said that giving birth by caesarean section was previously priced at P4,500. The fee for the same service is now P17,500.
“The huge increases at JBL hospital defeat its purpose of being a government hospital. Its prices for services is the highest in the region comparing to other public hospitals,” said Henson.
Henson said that the monsoon rains and typhoons last month had prevented the provincial board from hearing the side of JBLMRH officials in connection with the complaints on fees. He added that the meeting is set on Friday at the Capitol session hall.
Yolanda Lee Dee, JBLMRH chief of hospital, said in a phone interview on Tuesday that “we based our increases on all our services on laws.”
She cited Executive Order 197 (series of 2000) which was re-issued by the Aquino government reminding government agencies that they can increase its fees “by not less than 20 percent.”
Dee disclosed that all the services of the tertiary, teaching and training hospital had increased by some 50 percent compared to the former rates.
Dee also cited Republic Act 10352 in justifying the increases of the hospital. The RA provided the rules in coming up with the increases, she added.
Dee said that the increases were necessary to keep the hospital’s revolving funds. She added that the JBLMRH had not increased fee for the past 10 years.
Dee said that patients could see the social workers based at the hospital when burdened by their bills. Then the patients will be given discounts by her office after the assessment of the social worker.
Dee said that the patients will avail then of the assistance of Gov. Lilia Pineda.
Dee said that the JBLMRH gives at least 30 percent discount on the accumulated monthly billing of the provincial government.
Dee said that she had ordered a “review” of the adjusted fee after Henson complained.
She added that they had explained the increases to First District Board Cris Garbo, chairman of the committee on health.
Dee disclosed that they have an average of 550 confined patients daily and 400 out-patients.
Dee said that the “quickest and reliable” solution is for all of the patients to be enrolled with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
She said that Gov. Pineda “was right in giving out PhilHealth cards.”
“If the bill is about P10,000, the patient will no longer pay anything if he or she is a PhilHealth member,” said Dee.

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