The city council of Puerto Princesa wants the management of the Ospital ng Palawan to impose a “status quo” on its new policy of withholding the professional fees of accredited doctors or consultants.
This developed after the city council called for the presence of Dr. Melecio Dy, chief of hospital of ONP.
Medical consultants of the ONP protested the new policy saying that they were not consulted.
The doctors have threatened to go on mass leaves if the problem is not resolved.
The new policy requires that medical fees of the doctors who are attending to indigent, indigenous peoples, those who are beneficiaries of the government’s cash transfer program and house maids will be part of the pool sharing of professional fees.
Under “pool sharing,” the visiting or consulting doctors will no longer claim their professional fee for services rendered with indigent patients instead, it will be part of the general fund of the hospital employees.
Dy said the policy was “just a draft and not yet final.”
The budget of the ONP for the “no balance billing” patients enrolled with Philhealth is P4 million only, he pointed out.
“We are willing to negotiate with the doctors,” he said.
Members of the city council is willing to act as “mediator between the doctors and the hospital management.”
They also called for the doctors to serve the people again.