Republic Act No. 8344
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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No revisionAn act penalizing the refusal of hospitals and medical clinics to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency or serious cases, amending for the purpose Batas Pambansa Bilang 702, otherwise known as An act prohibiting the demand of deposits or advance payments for the confinement or treatment of patients in hospitals and medical clinics in certain cases.SALIENT FEATURESÏIn emergency or serious cases it shall be unlawful for any employee of the hospital to request, solicit, demand or accept any deposit or anyother form of payment as a prerequisite for confinement or medical treatment or to refuse to administer medical treatment and support toprevent death or permanent disability.Ï When the patient is unconscious, incapable of giving consent or unaccompanied, the physician can transfer the patient even without hisconsent provided that such transfer shall be done only after necessary emergency treatment and support have been administered and that ithas been established that there is less risk to transfer patient than continued confinement. ÏAfter the hospital or medical clinic mentionedabove shall have administered medical treatment and support, it may cause the transfer of the patient to an appropriate hospital consistentwith the needs of the patient preferably to a government hospital. Specially in the case of poor or indigent patients.Administrative Order No. 5-B s. 1998Implementing Rules and Regulations :Transfer of Patients:*The transferring and receiving hospital shall as much as practicable be within 10 km. radius of each other.*The transfer of patients contemplated under this act shall at all times be properly documented.*Hospitals may require a deposit or advance payment when the patient is no longer under the state of emergency and he or she refuses tobe...
References: Vargas noted that a great number of local residents availing themselves of basic health services appear to be uninformed or misinformed as to their rights underR.A. No. 9439 and R.A. No. 8344.
By Arianne Caryl N. Casas
Saturday, August 6, 2011
In a formal report dated March 8, 2010, Gil Cawad, hearing officer of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Davao, found Patalinghug and Layon guilty of the accusation, thus the filing of the case.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 06, 2011.
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