MANILA – Services in Manila's 6 public hospitals are no longer free, after the passage of the city’s Omnibus Revenue Code that requires patients to pay corresponding fees before being discharged.
Five public hospitals including Ospital ng Maynila, Ospital ng Santa Ana, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Justice Abad Santos Hospital and Gat Andres Hospital have already implemented the city ordinance on Monday, while the Ospital ng Tondo will start implementing it on March 3.
All patients are required to pay hospital fees, except for poor people from Manila, or those who received orange cards from city Mayor Joseph Estrada.
"Sa pag-aaral namin, sa 6 hospitals ng Manila, siguro out of 10 na pumupunta dyan, baka taga-Maynila siguro, apat lang," according to 5th district Councilor Mon Yupangco.
Dr. Boy Pascual, assistant medical director of the Ospital ng Maynila, said discounts will be given to non-indigent patients from Manila.
He said those classified under A or B bracket will get a 10% discount, while those in the C bracket will be given 25 to 75% discount. Meanwhile, those in the D bracket don’t have to pay anything.
But it’s a different story for non-Manila residents, who have to pay the standard rates, without any discounts. - Report from Pinky Webb, ABS-CBN News