All ER staff, MDs, and Finance staff should know RA 8344 and its IRR by heart to minimize account receivables.
Below are some points commonly NOT known to most of us:
“SEC. 3. After the hospital or medical clinic mentioned above shall have administered medical treatment and support, it may cause the transfer of the patient to an appropriate hospital consistent with the needs of the patient, preferably to a government hospital, specially in the case of poor or indigent patients.
3.1 The transferring and receiving hospital, shall be as much as practicable, be within ten (10) kilometer radius of each other.
3.2 The transfer of patients contemplated under this Act shall at all times be properly documented.
3.3 Hospitals may require a deposit or advance payment when the patient is no longer under the state of emergency and he/she refuses to be transferred.
6.1 A copy of the law and this implementing rules and regulations should be displayed prominently at hospital emergency rooms, hospital admission, counters and medical clinic premises.
6.2 Hospital and clinic managers shall establish billing and collection procedure for treatment or confinement of emergency and serious cases which shall not commence until the essential appropriate treatment of such cases has been completed.
6.3 Hospital and clinic managers shall instruct their personnel to provide prompt and immediate medical attention to emergency and serious cases without any prior requirements for payment or deposit.