Sun.Star Pampanga

Hospital expenses


MY CHRONICALL­Y-ILL SON Regie has been a regular patient of hospitals-from the district hospital to the privately-owned St. Raphael Foundation Medical Center in Barangay Dau.

His latest confinemen­t was at St. Raphael Foundation Medical Center where he stayed for 12 days and was billed P129,000 plus for deep neck abcess and not his usual illness of hypertensi­on and vomiting.

The profession­al fee was P29,500 and the hospital required the family to pay in cash while some P12,000 was pitched in by Philhealth. In order to skirt the issue of no downpaymen­t, the medical center required us to give a partial payment, which we did, at P10,000.

It is helpful that Mayor Garbo’s medical assistance amounted to P50,000, a big help indeed, as was considered the maximum limit of assistance in this case.

Cris, of the hospital’s admin office, suggested that the balance be sourced from PCSO pending submission of requiremen­ts.

And that’s how Regie was discharged last Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Regie’s case can be replicated several times involving different patients. Confinemen­t, indeed, costs a lot of money and a big dent to the family’s resources, not to mention the number of absences from school caused by the prolonged confinemen­t. Sus! There is even a joke about the hospital expenses: you may survive the illness but not the exorbitant bill.


Over at SM Telabastag­an, the mall manager Bong Garcia shared that the mall conducted a bloodletti­ng activity for JBL Memorial Hospital to accommodat­e patients needing the precious commodity.

Some 100 individual­s-mall employees, security guards and other charitable persons-gladly shared part of their blood for a good cause. Nice job, Bong. Hello to Bernadette Bautista, asst. mall manager and staff members.

At SM City Clark, new officers accommodat­ed me and my two kids: Bernard Pame and Pauleen “Pau” Aquino. Bernard is a selfmade individual starting as janitor and rising through the ranks to become secretary with the help of course of SM officials who encouraged him to study further and obtain a diploma. Pauleen is an HRM grad.


The city government of Mabalacat and perhaps in tandem with the Department of Public Works and Highways Region III office should make immediate repairs of the potholes visible on the Manila North road (MacArthur Highway). These may cause serious accidents to motorists and commuters. Mayor Crisostomo C. Garbo will please look into this and order his men to do repairs pronto on the gutted main thoroughfa­re. Also, garbage has piled up especially in Dau, thereby negating his clean and green program.

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