In­ten­sify drive on anti-hospi­tal de­posit law, coun­cilor urges

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BACOLOD City Coun­cilor Sonya Verde­flor urged the 61 barangays and the City Health Of­fice (CHO) to in­ten­sify a mas­sive in­for­ma­tion drive on the manda­tory im­po­si­tion of Anti-hospi­tal De­posit Law for emer­gency pa­tients.

Verde­flor said the Supreme Court ear­lier up­held the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of Repub­lic Act 10932 or Anti-hospi­tal De­posit Law cov­er­ing emer­gency pa­tients in­clud­ing preg­nant women who will likely be de­nied ini­tial treat­ment un­der se­ri­ous con­di­tions.

“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 the fail­ure of the pa­tient to post ad­vance pay­ment,” she said.

R.A. 10932 in­creases the penal­ties for the re­fusal of hos­pi­tals and clin­ics to ad­min­is­ter ap­pro­pri­ate ini­tial med­i­cal treat­ment in an emer­gency or se­ri­ous cases.

It is also un­law­ful for any hospi­tal or med­i­cal clinic to re­quest, so­licit, de­mand or ac­cept any de­posit or any other form of ad­vance pay­ment as a pre­req­ui­site for ad­min­is­ter­ing ba­sic emer­gency care, for con­fine­ment or med­i­cal treat­ment, or to refuse to ad­min­is­ter med­i­cal treat­ment and sup­port to any pa­tient, the law said.

Verde­flor said un­der this new law which was up­held last De­cem­ber 2018 by the Supreme Court states that any of­fi­cial, med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner or em­ployee of the hospi­tal or med­i­cal clinic who vi­o­lates the pro­vi­sions of this Act shall 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.

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 upon direc­tors of hos­pi­tals or clin­ics re­spon­si­ble for the for­mu­la­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies or in­struc­tions that vi­o­late the new law.

The pol­icy added that three re­peated vi­o­la­tions shall re­sult in the re­vo­ca­tion of the health fa­cil­ity’s li­cense to op­er­ate by the Depart­ment of Health./ MAP

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