Medical City exec bats for advance reimbursement, UP test kits

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Posted at Jun 23 2020 12:11 PM

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The government should help private hospitals cope with the coronavirus pandemic through grants and advance reimbursements, an official of The Medical City said Tuesday, as he also batted for approval to use locally-developed test kits. 

A cautious public have largely skipped elective surgeries which make up a "huge part of not only healthcare, but also the revenue stream of private hospitals," said The Medical City chairman Jose Javier Gonzales. 

The occupancy rate in hospitals also dropped, he said. For instance, The Medical City used to admit about 10,000 patients daily but this went down by 80 to 85 percent during the pandemic, he said. 

Hospitals in the US suffered the same problem and the federal government helped them through grants and advances on reimbursements, he said. 

"To the extent that PhilHealth or other government agencies can provide advances, then that will carry hospitals through this COVID problem," Gonzales told ANC. 

"In terms of advances, you can always liquidate. In the case of grants, you can always determine that these grants are to be used for COVID-related expenses," he added. 

He also urged government to allow the use of coronavirus test kits that scientists from the University of the Philippines developed. 

These only cost about P1,200 each and are the only kits in the world that were required to pass a field test before approval, he said.
 
"I'd just like fairness to be given to these test kits so that at least now we can have our own contribution," Gonzales said. 

ANC, June 22, 2020