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Defensor Orders Free Use of Ambulance for Poor

Create: 07/28/2017 - 08:31
Defensor Orders Free Use of Ambulance for Poor

Provincial Administrator Raul Banias called for a meeting of the ambulance drivers to remind them of their duties and responsibilities. He is also set to meet with the hospital chiefs and administrative officers to reiterate Gov. Defensor’s thrust relative to the service of the district hospitals.

Indigents can use the ambulances of the 12 hospitals operated by the Iloilo provincial government free of charge. This is the directive of Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. contained in Executive Order No. 183 which he signed yesterday (July 27, 2017) upon arriving from Manila. The order on the free use of ambulances also include those in urgent and emergency cases. Defensor issued the directive amid complaints from the family of some patients that they are charged a certain amount when they intend to use the ambulance to transfer their patient to Iloilo City.

Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, who is the concurrent chief of the Hospital Management Office (HMO) which supervises the management and operation of the 12 hospitals, said the executive order also clarifies the issue regarding the use of the district hospitals’ ambulances. Banias said the Provincial Revenue Code passed in 2010 allows the charging of user’s fee for the district hospitals’ ambulances where indigent or service patients must pay P18 per kilometer and paying patients P10 per kilometer.

The revenue code was later amended increasing the user’s fee to P20 per kilometer for indigent patients and P25 per kilometer for paying patients. Banias said they will ask the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to make some amendments in the ordinance to ensure that indigent patients can use the ambulance free of charge. “Governor Defensor repeatedly said that our district hospitals were upgraded to serve primarily the poor patients in the province. They should avail of all the services even if they don’t have money,” Banias stressed.

Banias called for a series of meetings with the hospital chiefs and their administrative officers and drivers to reiterate Gov. Defensor’s thrust relative to the service of the district hospitals. The drivers were also given a re-orientation of the Code of Ethical Standards for Government Employees by the Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO) of the province.