Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday highlighted the truth that she authored anti-hospital deposit bill that was signed into legislation by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I thank my fellow senators for supporting this law and the Executive branch for signing the measure before the expiry of the 30-day period given under the Constitution when the bill would have lapsed into law,” Hontiveros mentioned in an announcement.
The Strengthened Anti-Hospital Deposit Law or RA 10932 imposes stricter penalties on hospitals that will refuse remedy of emergency case sufferers due to lack of cash.
Penalties embrace imprisonment of up to six years for anybody who will demand deposit or some other types of advance fee as a pre-requisite for admission or medical remedy of an emergency case affected person and a superb starting from P100,000 to P1 million to the involved hospital.
Any hospital that shall be discovered to have dedicated the identical offense thrice will face revocation of license as a heath facility by the Department of Health (DOH).
Hopefully, Hontiveros mentioned this measure will now put to an finish the despicable apply of abusive hospitals that demand deposits or advance funds to emergency sufferers.
“It is the duty of the State to provide adequate health care to its citizens. This law is a reflection of this duty and of our continued commitment to improve and provide sufficient health care to the sectors of society that need it the most. People who need emergency medical care can now be assured of stronger rights under the law,” she mentioned.
“Mas mahalaga ang buhay kesa kita. Dahil sa batas na ito, wala ng mahirap na itataboy ng mga abusadong hospital. Wala ng mahirap na magmamakaawa para sa medical na kalinga,” Hontiveros added.
Fines have been elevated to mirror the strengthening of the regulation, the senator mentioned.