DOH investigating hospitals refusing patients after death of pregnant woman

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 28 2020 10:54 AM

MANILA — The Department of Health on Tuesday said it is already investigating reports of hospitals refusing to accommodate emergency cases.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said this after media reported that a pregnant woman died after being turned away by several hospitals.

Vergeire, during a virtual briefing with reporters on Tuesday morning, said the DOH already ordered the investigation of how several hospitals in Caloocan denied the admission of a 28-year-old pregnant woman.

“Ngayong araw po pupuntahan po at titignan ng ating regional staff doon po sa Caloocan kung ano po ang nangyari talaga sa ating pasyente na apparently nagkaroon ng bad outcome dahil natanggihan,” she said.

(Today our regional staff will go to Caloocan to see what happened to the patient who had a bad outcome because the hospitals refused.)

She said another case reported by the public last week had already been investigated as well.

“So yung last week namin na report sa atin ay pinaimbistagahan na natin. Nagkaroon na tayo ng report at ibinigay na natin sa ating legal service for the disposition of this case para mabigyan po ng kaukulang warning o paguusap sa may-ari ng ospital na tinutukoy nung huling linggo,” she said, without mentioning details of the case.

(So we already investigated the case reported last week. There is already a report that was given to our legal service for the disposition of this case so we can warn and talk to the hospital owner.)

Vergeire said the DOH has always reminded hospitals that they cannot deny medical care for patients.

“Wala po silang karapatang tumanggi sa mga pasyente dahil meron tayong batas, 'yung Anti-Hospital Deposit Law kung saan nakalagay mismo if it's emergency cases they are not allowed to refuse patients. If they would want to transfer the patient for whatever reason because of current capacity they have to stabilize the patient first bago nila ito ilipat,” she explained.

(They do not have the right to refuse a patient because the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law states that if its an emergency case they are not allowed to refuse. If they would want to transfer the patient for whatever reason because of current capacity they have to stabilize the patient first before they transfer.)