Lawmakers want cost of healthcare reduced

LAWMAKERS have proposed the creation of a  health  cost  reduction program  by  mandating  hospitals  to  share  specialized  equipment and  services  with  one  another.

Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Anak Mindanao Rep. Maximo Rodriquez Jr., authors of House Bill 1403, said despite the  Constitutional provision  providing  for  affordable health  services to the  people, “the  same  has  become  a precious commodity available only  to the  moneyed few.”

“Health costs have skyrocketed to such high levels that people are forced to resort to alternative medicine, rather than seek professional medical intervention,” Rodriguez said.

Under the measure, the secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) and the presidents and owners of highly specialized hospitals that have complete, advanced and departmentalized facilities and services shall design a demonstration program to determine the health services and equipment that can be shared to reduce the cost of health care.

Rodriguez said specialized and tertiary hospitals that would enter into cooperative agreements under the measure shall receive grant funds and tax breaks.

Rodriguez said all cooperative agreements entered in accordance with the measure shall provide for the sharing of  medical technology or eligible services among the entities.

Medical technology includes drugs, devices, equipment, medical and surgical procedures utilized in medical care and the organizational and support system, among others.

Rodriguez said eligible services that may be shared under the measure are those which have high capital or operating costs.

“I believed that encouraging cooperation between tertiary and specialized hospitals shall reduce the costs of health care and achieve a more efficient delivery of medical services,” Rodriguez said.  D’Jay Lazaro


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