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Patients in Caraga decry Philhealth suspension of BDH

BDHC is one of the biggest and the most equipped hospitals in the region. Courier File Photo

Patients in many parts of Caraga region decry the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) for suspending the accreditation of Butuan Doctors Hospital and College (BDHC) saying they are already deprived of utmost medical care of the modern health facility.

The complaining patients, who asked not to be named, contested the allegations of the state health insurer since they were actually treated and admitted, given proper medical attention and care.

“Why is Philhealth depriving the people to use their right for Philhealth coverage with Butuan Doctors Hospital despite the fact that they are doing an excellent job, the patients asked?”

“What happens to people who need the expertise of Butuan Doctors Hospital but can’t claim the Philhealth portion? How can Butuan Doctors Hospital provide healthcare for the underprivileged people that needs Philhealth coverage?” they added in a joint statement.

The suspension has allegedly cited a consolidated case of 29 counts of claims for non-admitted or non-treated patients and breach of warranties and accreditation.

Philhealth also mentioned performance commitment under sections 151 and 160 of the 2013 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic  Act (RA) 7875, which enacted the Philhealth program as amended by RA 9241 and RA 10606.

The patients who are part of the 29 cases vowed they will come out in the open if Philhealth continue not to lift the suspension of BDHC.

The amended RA 9241 already provides universal health insurance coverage and ensure affordable, acceptable, available and accessible health care services for all citizens of the country while RA 10606 has mandated Philhealth to provide health insurance coverage to all Filipinos.

BDHC is one of the biggest and the most equipped hospitals in the region. It offers various services to the community and has credentialed and privileged physicians from various fields of expertise and specializations.

Founded in 1945, Butuan Doctors has been constantly and continuously upgrading its facilities to provide a better and wider array of fields in health care.

From expanding their size and capacity, providing a College course for Nursing, being one of the best schools in the region. BDH also provides jobs for practitioners, medical professionals, healthcare service workers, and plans a brighter future for students to be the next healthcare providers in our country.

Butuan Doctors Hospital and College, with their extension Advanced Wound Care Center (AWCC), to entertain and service more patients that come from different parts of the region for medical attention. AWCC is located inside the Butuan Doctors Hospital specializing in wound care.

Since a long time, PhilHealth has always been under fire for anomalies – from favoring fictitious clinics and health providers to delayed and non-payment of hospitals’ bills for claims.

Just recently, Sen. Leila De Lima filed a resolution to investigate Philhealth anew due to threats by the country’s biggest hospital associations to disassociate themselves from PhilHealth.

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