Philippines clamps down on unscrupulous hospitals

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1365
  1. Adam Easton
  1. Manila

    Unscrupulous hospitals in the Philippines could face tougher penalties if they continue to demand cash payments before they will give patients emergency treatment. Many privately run hospitals refuse to admit or treat patients if they do not pay 10-50% of the costs of treatment on arrival.

    Many hospitals in the Philippines are ridden with debt.


    According to John Basa, secretary of the senate's committee on health, thousands of patients have either died or suffered permanent serious injury because they could not immediately …

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