Friday, 23 October 2009

Gov’t shoulders cost of leptospirosis cases

By Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DoH) has entered into an agreement with five private hospitals to which the government can refer poor leptospirosis patients who can no longer be accommodated in congested public hospitals.

Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed on Thursday between the DoH and the hospitals, the government will give a P5,000 subsidy for treating a patient for an uncomplicated case and P20,000 for a complicated one.

The DoH has allotted P60 million for the subsidy.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the subsidy was “not enough” to cover the expenses, but under the agreement, the private hospitals will shoulder the cost of the rest of the treatment until the patients recover.

The DoH has already sounded an appeal for international help for either technical or logistical support to cope with the “unprecedented” number of leptospirosis cases.

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