ATTENTION: No Down Payment Required In Cases of Emergency - Please Share! - Daily Buzz PH


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Monday, March 20, 2017

ATTENTION: No Down Payment Required In Cases of Emergency - Please Share!

We all know that we cannot avoid emergency cases, thus everyone should reserve an amount in cases of emergency purposes.
The government is now imposing law, which strictly prohibiting hospital to ask for down payment in cases of emergency.
According to Department of Health, cases like this are getting bigger each month, and the number of complaints are critically increasing up to 200%.
Dr. Rustico Jimenez, President of PHAP (Private Hospital Association of the Philippines) said, "save the patient first, forget about the money".
Heavier penalty for non-acceptance of patients because of lack of deposit in hospitals is being pushed forward in the Senate. Anyone who is confirmed guilty could face sanction such as license suspension.
The Republic Act 8344, Section 1 states that:
"In emergency or serious cases, it shall be unlawful for any proprietor, president, director, manager or any other officer, and/or medical practitioner or employee of a hospital or medical clinic to request, solicit, demand or accept any deposit or any other form of advance payment as a prerequisite for confinement or medical treatment of a patient in such hospital or medical clinic or to refuse to administer medical treatment and support as dictated by good practice of medicine to prevent death or permanent disability"


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