PHAP mulls petition vs Anti-Hospital Deposit Law

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Posted at Aug 07 2017 04:37 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2017 05:34 PM

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(UPDATED/CORRECTED) - The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP)  on Monday said it was planning to file a petition against a law that raised penalties for hospitals that turn away patients who cannot afford deposits for emergency care.

(Our initial story erroneously referred to PHAP as the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines. We regret the error. -- Eds.) 

"Pinag-aaralan pa pong mabuti ng aming mga legal counsel kasi sa tingin nila, unconstitutional ito," PHAP president Dr. Rustico Jimenez told radio DZMM.  

The Anti-Hospital Deposit Law, Jimenez said, strips doctors of the right to refuse administering emergency treatment to patients who do not have serious medical conditions. 

"Kasi parang mass legislation ito e. Walang protection ang mga ospital at doktor," he said. 

"Hindi lahat ng dinadala sa emergency room ay emergency. Ang doktor po ang nakakaalam kung iyun po ay emergency o hindi."

He added that private hospitals treat even indigent patients before transferring them to public facilities they could afford. 

"Kami na po ang gumagastos ng ambulansya, hindi na namin sinisingil ang ibinigay naming gamot. Hindi po totoo iyung na palaging tinatanggihan," Jimenez added. 

If PHAP fails to appeal the law before the Supreme Court, they will ask the Department of Health to consult them in drafting the measure's implementing rules and regulations, said Jimenez. 

DZMM TeleRadyo, 7 August 2017