Sen. Binay wants probe into “no deposit, no admittance” hospital policy

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Nancy Binay is seeking legislative inquiry into the “no deposit, no hospital” policy amid the death of a 10-year-old girl in Butuan City who was refused treatment after the parents failed to come up with the required amount of deposit.

Binay filed the resolution to investigate hospital policies that compromises the lives of patients, specifically by refusing admittance of people under an emergency situation.

The neophyte senator said she heard a lot of cases when patients are turned back by hospitals because of lack of money being demanded as a deposit before treating patients.

This practice, according to Binay, is wrong and illegal, adding there are existing laws which says no hospital should refuse treatment to a patient in critical condition.

Binay cited Republic Act No. 8344 and 9439; the former stating it is unlawful for any hospital or 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” or “to refuse to administer medical treatment and support as dictated by good practice of medicine to prevent death or permanent disability.” (Click here to read more)

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