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800 bed capacity for BGH backed
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the bill increasing the bed capacity of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC).

In a release, principal author Baguio City Rep. Mark Go said the measure that aims to increase the bed capacity of BGHMC from 500 to 800 was unanimously approved by the House members.

Go noted in the measure that the BGHMC’s annual statistics report reveals that the hospital exceeds its bed occupancy every year due to its volume of admission. In 2015 alone, its bed occupancy rate reached 133.92 percent with a total admission of 37,022.

In the following year, it exceeded 144.17 percent of its normal occupancy rate admitting a total of 37,577 patients.

The House bill stated that the existing service facilities and professional health care services of the BGHMC shall be upgraded to conform with and commensurate to the proposed increase of bed capacity.

The Department of Health said the current ratio of bed capacity to population in the Cordillera is 1:918 compared to the 1:800 standard ratio in the Philippines. It is also currently reviewing its master site plan to assess the use of the hospital’s existing buildings.

BGHMC is complying with the mandate of a tertiary hospital.

Go said the passage of the bill would mean additional facilities, equipment, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals for BGHMC.

“More importantly, this would greatly help our people to avail quality and effective health services,” he added.

Currently, 80 percent of the total number of patients it caters to are indigent, including PhilHealth-funded patients. As of February 2017, BGHMC’s bed capacity rate has reached 114.32 percent with total in-patients of 16,005.

“This is indeed an important health measure that will address our hospital’s requirement. I am hopeful that our counterpart in the Senate would support the immediate passage of this bill,” Go said.

Last year, Senator JV Ejercito vowed to support the move in the Senate.


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