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SP urges information drive
on anti-hospital deposit law
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

 

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting  the  61 barangays of Bacolod  City  and the City Health Office to launch a massive information drive on Republic Act No. 10932, or the "Anti-Hospital Deposit Law".

RA No. 10932, that covers emergency patients and pregnant women,hasincreased  penalties  for  private  hospitals  for refusal to  administer  initial  medical treatment  to patients with  serious conditions, the SP resolution said.

The resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor said the Supreme Courtrecently upheld the constitutionality of R.A. 10932 covering emergency patients, including pregnant women, who will likely be denied initial treatment. 

In the past years, there were many cases of patients dying in private hospitals due to refusal to administer initial medical treatment by the hospital or clinic for failure of the patient to post advanced payment, the resolution said.

On Aug. 3, 2017  President Rodrigo Duterte  signed into law R.A. 10932 increasing the penalties for the refusal of hospitals and clinics to administer appropriate initial medical treatment in emergency or serious cases.

The law provides that, “It shall be unlawful for any hospital or medical clinic to request, solicit, demand or accept any deposit or any other form of advance payment as prerequisite for administering basic emergency care, for confinement or medical treatment, or to refuse to administer medical treatment and support to any patient”, the resolution said.

The new law, which was upheld on December 2018 by the Supreme Court, states "that any official, medical practitioner or employee of a hospital or medical clinic who violates the provisions of this Act will be punished by imprisonment of not less than six months and one day but not more than two years and four months, or a fine of not less than P100,000 but not more than P300,000, or both, it said.

Higher penalties of imprisonment of four to six years, or a fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P1 million, or both, are imposed on directors of hospitals or clinics responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies or instructions violative of this Act, it said.

The policy added that three repeated violations will result in the revocation of the license to operate of the health facility by the Department of Health.*

 

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