24 September 2009
Dr. Gene Nisperos, Secretary General of Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) is challenging private hospitals to prove that they are losing money because of the implementation of the cheaper medicines law.
"Eh una po tingnan natin. Sinasabi nila dahil daw po dun sa drug price regulation. Limang gamot lang po 'yan sa totoo. Tapos kung isama natin yung voluntarily-reduced prices, 21. Napakakonti at karamihan po niyan, outpatient drugs pa. So hindi talaga siya ginagamit sa ospital. Kaya ang tanong po namin, patunayan sana ng mga ospital na 'yan kung pa'no sila nalulugi at anong gamot ang dahilan kung pa'no sila nalulugi," explained Nisperos.
Malacañang has called upon Congress to investigate reports that private hospitals are planning to increase their service fees. The aim is to come up with legislation that will allow government to better regulate the power of private hospitals to hike their fees.
More on this story in this video clip from Unang Hirit.