Issue of September 1, 2019
Mt. Province
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Benguet holds hospital forum
by Susan C. Aro / PIA

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet –  The provincial government conducted a forum to raise about hospital services, issues and concerns, and challenges to various stakeholders in efforts to enhance the delivery of services of hospital institutions in the province.

Organized by the Provincial Health Office, the forum gathered personnel of all district hospitals in the province, local chief executives, concerned provincial, municipal and barangay officials, representatives from the Department of Health, barangay health workers and nutrition scholars, senior citizens, and non-government organizations.

Among the issues raised were on referrals and patient referral concerns, no-balance billing, and benefits for senior citizens. 

Hospitals in the province are categorized into infirmary and levels 1 and 2. Often, patients with more serious conditions are referred to bigger hospitals because of lack of facilities or specialists for certain cases. 

Infirmary hospitals are Itogon District Hospital, Kapangan District Hospital, and the Northern Benguet District Hospital.

Level 1 hospitals are Dennis Molintas Hospital and Atok District Hospital which have specialists in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, surgery and anesthesiology. They need not be departmentalized and can render services like surgery but with the presence of a specialist.

Benguet General Hospital is the only accredited level 2 hospital which is required to be departmentalized with minimum clinical services on surgery, pediatrics, OB-gyne, medicine, and anesthesiology. The hospital is operating as an economic enterprise after it was devolved to the provincial government.

By DOH standards, there is a need for additional manpower and other facilities and equipment in the different hospitals in the province. Initial plans of the district hospitals are to strengthen existing services and to provide lacking services with the help of DOH.

Part of the forum was the presentation of hospital accomplishments and services in line with the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act. With the passage of the UHC, the primary care provider helps patients navigate the health system for treatment and health concerns to ensure that they receive the proper care needed, Provincial Health Officer I Meliarazon Dulay said.

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