November 28, 2017, Filed under Press Release

bm raul sison tackles issue on overcharging of doctor's fee



LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Raul P. Sison expressed his dismay over the alleged “over-charging” of professional fees for a minor injury suffered by a certain cockpit “sentensyador” (judge in a cockfight) who was brought to a private hospital in Dagupan City last November 22.

In a privilege hour during the regular session on November 27, BM Sison revealed that three physicians, namely: Dr. Karlo Marco Orduna, Dr. Ritumalta and Dr. Vivencio Villaflor III reportedly charged the patient who was identified as Antonio Ferrer, the sum of P44,600; P50,400; and P46,300 as professional fees, respectively.

Reportedly, Ferrer accidentally sustained a cut in the wrist during a cockfight at Calasiao Cockpit Arena and was rushed to the nearest hospital which is the DDVMH, at around 5:50PM. The patient was then immediately brought to the operating room and on the following day (Nov. 23), or less than 24-hour stay in the facility, was first billed a huge amount of P195,391.93.

Stating his ire, BM Sison disclosed that the amount was slightly reduced to P176, 978.18 after deducting P18,000 from his PhilHealth.

Reiterating his desire to provide not just the victim but the people of Pangasinan quality health care, the second district board member cited his willingness to protect the less-privileged from suffering the same fate.

The incident that occurred, he noted, is “akin to a robbery on a broad daylight.”

As such, the board member requested that the three doctors along with other personalities from different agencies to include the Pangasinan Medical Association (Pangasinan Chapter), Department of Health (Regional office), Provincial Health Office, and the Human Resources Management Office, be invited for a Question Hour during the regular session on December 7 to shed light on the matter. (Ruby R. Bernardino)



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