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DOH Announces That Hospitals Are Not Allowed To Ask Deposits From Patients During Emergency

The Department of Health (DOH) said that public hospitals are now prohibited to require deposits from the patients during an emergency.

Over the past few years, less-fortunate patients are complaining are complaining regarding public hospitals requiring them to deposit cash first before providing medication.

Several people are also lambasting the hospitals overcharging deposits amidst critical and emergency situations, wherein immediate treatment is required.

Deposits

Recently, the Health Department urged hospitals of no down payment required in cases of emergency.

Assistant Secretary Elmer Punzalan said that both public and private hospitals should give an immediate medical attention to patients needing an emergency treatment.

“Government hospitals do not require deposits from patients. Private hospitals on the other hand (should) treat patients, then refer them to government hospitals, if necessary,” Punzalan said.

Deposits

RA 10932 or the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law prohibits the hospital to demand advance payment for administering basic emergency care.

Those who will violate the provision of the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law could face the following sanctions and penalties:

  • Four to six years imprisonment
  • Fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P1 million

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