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Gov. Alvarez says Palawan public hospitals implement no balance billing policy

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Palawan Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez said that the services offered by the hospitals administered by the provincial government remain free for the indigent patients.

“Nananatiling libre ang gamutan sa lahat ng ospital na hawak ng Provincial Government of Palawan para sa mga indigent o kapus-palad nating kababayan na walang kakayahang magbayad sa gastusin,” the governor said.

This is pursuant to the no balance billing policy for indigent patients, which is confirmed by Engr. Saylito M. Purisima, Hospital Operations Focal Person.

“That is a national law, na kapag indigent ka libre ang pagpapagamot mo sa mga ospital natin dito sa Palawan,” said Engr. Purisima.

“Kapag hindi ka indigent at capable naman, diyan tayo may babayaran. We cannot survive without generating revenue. That revenue that will be raised by the Provincial Government can be used for medicine and to sustain the services of the majority from the poorest of the poor that is being served by the Provincial Government,” he added.

The Capitol said that the DOH has allocated P10 million for the province to administer public hospitals in the province through the Medical Assistance for Indigent Program (MAIP) as well as medical assistance from Philhealth.

“Mayroon tayong MAIP o Medical Assistance for Indigent Program from DOH fund yan, P10 million yan per year sa lahat ng hospitals natin sa Provincial Government, hindi pa kasama diyan ‘yong sa Philhealth,” said Purisisa

“So lahat ng indigent talaga, maa-accommodate natin, plus meron din tayong financial assistance sa PSWDO, lahat ‘yan libre,” he added.