Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital bills City for Champ program

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Sunday, June 1, 2014


THE management of a private hospital is asking the Cebu City Government to pay close to P1 million in hospital bills of the City’s beneficiaries.

Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital recently wrote Mayor Michael Rama to inform the City of its overdue account of P712,205.05.

Of the total, P683,830.05 was spent for hospital services and the length of admissions.

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Some P28,000 serves as payment for the professional fees of the attending doctors.
Letter

A copy of the letter signed by Patrcia Gica, the hospital’s business office supervisor, was sent before the City Council.

The amount was incurred from Jan.1, 2007 to March 28, 2009, under the term of former mayor Tomas Osmeña.

At least 20 patients were admitted to the hospital from the period.

Under the City Hospitalization Assistance and Medicines program (Champ), the City extends a maximum of P25,000 for hospital aid and P5,000 in medicine assistance to indigents.

Five years since the beneficiaries availed themselves of Champ services, the City has not yet paid the hospital, which was compelled to impose an interest on the dues at three percent per month.

If the City fails to settle the account, the hospital warned that it will no longer accept referrals from the city.

Assurance

City Administrator Lucelle Mercado, for her part, said the City is willing to pay its dues.

“We are willing to settle it because we have our budget intended for the program. Good thing they have brought this to our attention,” Mercado told Sun.Star Cebu.

However, Mercado said the executive department will look into why the bills were not settled on time.

“Considering that it was availed a few years back, we will see why was this not paid,” she said.

Aside from Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, Mercado said the City also plans to pay its dues in other hospitals to continue the hospitalization assistance of the City.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 02, 2014.

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