April 27 of this year, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act 9439 prohibiting illegal detention of patients in hospitals and medical clinics on grounds of non-payment of medical bills or expenses.
What can you say about this law? How do you think this will affect the HEALTH of all Filipinos? Do you think this is beneficial or not?
May 22, '07
This will hurt the private hospitals very badly. The association of private hospitals have a tentative plan to not admit patients (they are calling it a 'hospital break') this Friday as a gesture of protest and they said they may do these 'breaks' until their side is heard.
Only 1 out of 10 patients that signs promissory notes ever come back and these are the patients that the private hospital chose to grant them this privilege. Now, if every Juan and Maria can invoke that they just sign a promissory note because if this new law and they can go and leave the hospital premises w/o paying their dues by coming to a private (for profit) hospital then this will effectively bankrupt the private hospitals. They are not earning to cover their expenses as it is.
If there is a way for the hospitals to run after those who will be breaking their promissory notes and if there is a way to make them liable or if the Gov't will be the guarantor to make sure they are paid then this law may be doable but there is no way of running and making them liable and there is no guarantor.
Last edit by lawrence01 on May 28, '07