Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane is out to get to the bottom of reports about local hospitals’ blatant violation of Republic Act (RA) 8344.
The law prohibits the asking of deposit of down payments for the confinement of patients in hospitals, something that supposedly remains common practice in the city.
Gaane, in a SunStar Online report Monday (July 3) said that former Mayor Pablo Magtajas experienced this before he was admitted to a hospital. Magtajas died last June 19.
He was reportedly transferred from one hospital to another because the hospitals’ intensive care unit (ICU) was either full or due to the complexity of the down payment practice.
“For if a former city mayor, a father of a sitting kagawad, a senior citizen, and a Philhealth member, would be still required a cash deposit to avail of emergency services, we pity the poor families who would face the same dilemma every day.
“We would craft legislation, that soon, every Kagay-anon would say sa ‘CDO, protektado ka (your protected)’,” she was quoted as saying.
To archive this, the lady politiko will hold on Friday, July 7 a committee meeting involving administrators of hospitals in the city, including health care providers.
Gaane heads the Committee on Health and Sanitation.