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‘Wag na idaan sa Kongreso: Angara wants power for DOH to increase bed capacity in gov’t hospitals

Mar 19, 2019 @ 10:20

By Marie P. Ruiz

Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara said the Department of Health (DOH) should be prepared for an influx of new people into the health care system once the Universal Health Care Law is implemented.

To accommodate more patients , Angara said there is a need to upgrade the facilities and bed capacity of government hospitals .

Angara, who is one of the authors of the landmark law ,said the Health Department should be given authority to increase bed capacity of state hospitals under its supervision.

Angara is worried because under the present set-up, the DOH can only increase the bed capacity of its hospitals and upgrade their service through legislation.

He said this limits access to medical and health services that Filipino patients deserve.

Angara has filed Senate bill 1682 which proposes that the DOH be given the authority to increase the bed capacity of all government hospitals to address the gap in hospital bed requirement.

He said “The DOH has the capacity and expertise to assess gaps in service delivery. By putting these government hospitals under the jurisdiction of the DOH, which manages these hospitals in the first place, shall increase the efficiency in the delivery of health services to sustain the increasing demands of patients.”

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