MANILA -- Some doctors have increased their professional fees to cover for the rise in consumer prices, the head of a hospital group said Tuesday.
Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said he also received complaints about patients discharged due to deficiencies in payment.
"Dapat nating intindihin na yung mga doktor ay bumibili din ng gamit at bumibili din ng pagkain. Hindi ko po masisi yung kapwa doctor ko kung magtataas," he told radio DZMM.
(We have to understand that doctors also buy goods and buy food. I can't blame my fellow doctors if they wish to increase their fees.)
"Hindi bale yung gaya namin na retiring age na, siguro naka-ipon na kami. Pero yung mga bagong nag-i-start, malaki ang nagastos nila. Siyempre, tataasan din nang kaunti," he said, adding that doctors also do lots of charity work.
(It won't matter much for those like us in the retiring age, maybe we have already saved some money. But those who are still starting, they spent so much. Of course, they would increase a bit.)
While his organization and the Philippine Medical Association does not have police powers, they have asked the doctors not to impose steep increases that would burden the patients, he said.
"Makikiusap na lang tayo sa kapwa-doktor natin na wag namang sagarin yung pag-increase at kung meron namang pwedeng ibigay na discount, ibigay na po para makatulong tayo sa kapwa natin," he said.
(We're asking our fellow doctors to not maximize the increase and if there are discounts that are available, give these so that we can help our countrymen.)
Inflation in September zoomed to 6.7 percent, the fastest since February 2009.