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fees at NOPH hit


A member of the provincial board questioned what he calls the excessive and exorbitant rates of private doctors performing surgeries in government hospitals like the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

Board Member Rodrigo Alanano (Neg. Or., 3rd District) said the concern is based on his experience because poor patients usually approach them for financial assistance.

Even when he was mayor of Dauin, Alanano said this problem was already prevailing.

He enjoined private doctors to make their rates reasonable enough, particularly to poor patients, who choose to be admitted at the government hospital. He also pointed out that these private doctors are using government facilities in performing surgeries and operation.

Alanano is expected to take the matter up in the next regular session.

Hospital chief, Dr. Felix Sy, welcomed Alanano’s statements and confirmed that, indeed, private doctors are collecting much from patients.

Sy said he believes it is unfair to the provincial hospital if a patient could not settle his hospital bills, because all his or her money goes to the professional fee of a doctor.

Sy added that the provincial hospital needs funds for the purchase of general anesthesia, emergency drugs, and other items.  He does not want a recurrence of a past situation, where the provincial hospital ran out of anesthesia for two weeks, Sy said. As a result, poor and indigent patients had to go to private hospitals.

Sy has confirmed that there was a memorandum of agreement regarding this matter before, but it had never been renewed.*JG



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