2 Baguio residents victims in ‘hakot’ scam

TWO residents of Baguio City have fallen victim to a scheme wherein they were convinced to undergo unnecessary eye surgery by doctors who wanted to claim more benefits from PhilHealth.

Dr. Eulina Lagdao of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center said one resident is from Aurora Hill and the other from Irisan.

Lagdao said the patient from Aurora Hill had surgery done on one eye at Baguio General.

The surgery was successful but the patient was urged to have another operation.

This time the medical procedure resulted in some complications. Ophtalmologists at Baguio General were able to save the man’s eye, Lagdao said.

The patient from Irisan had surgery in Laguna to remove a cataract. Instead of improving his vision, the man began to lose his eyesight.

Doctors at Baguio General tried to save the eye but the patient eventually went blind.

The incidents in Baguio came weeks after the same malpractice, called hakot, was exposed in Metro Manila.

The victims said they were advised by their doctors to have an eye operation, and found out later that they did not need one.

"Be careful of this hakot system. You patients deserved to be consulted first; you need to undergo thorough medical consultations and you need to give a consent before you undergo any surgery," Lagdao said.

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