Detention vs patients who couldn't settle bills denied

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


ADMINISTRATORS of a privately-run hospital facility denied detaining patients who could not settle their bills.

“We do not do that because we also sympathize with their situation,” Sister Arcelita Sarnillo, administrator of Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH), told reporters during a press conference held at the Bishop’s residence Monday morning.

Sarnillo said the hospital does not force patients to present their land title as collateral as they opt to make promissory note for late payment to the hospital contrary to what a media person claimed as he shared his experience with MRXUH.

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“Maria Reyna Hospital does not do that at all. In fact, whenever patients would come in to the emergency room, we accommodate them with or without pay,” Sarnillo replied.

MRXUH is now being managed by four stakeholders, namely, the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Xavier University, Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, and some doctors, said MRXUH spokesperson Dr. Raul Andutan.

‘We are not a government hospital’

Asked why the MRXUH is expensive in terms of its costs and fees, being a hospital run by the church, Andutan said it is not a public hospital.

“We are not a government hospital kasi. The acquisition cost is different because the government is not subsidizing our machines, equipment, among others. Good thing nga that Xavier University looked for a hospital where it can provide its nursing and medicine students a hospital where they can practice, thus, tapped Maria Reyna Hospital,” he said.

Prior to the tripartite partnership, the hospital was solely owned by the Church. When money ran out to sustain the hospital, they had to welcome other partners, he added.

“Let us face it: the hospital is also a business. Fees are charged to sustain the hospital operations since we do not have money at all. We also have to pay our loans,” Sarnillo said.

Slight changes were also made by the hospital such as renaming outpatients as Archbishop Hayes Social Service.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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