We’ve all heard of those public hospital horror stories where patients–usually belonging to the marginally poor–are given rude treatment or turned away by doctors and nurses even during emergency situations.
Due to this, Negros Oriential Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. wants “Bawal ang masungit” tarpaulins placed in public hospitals, GMA News reported.
"Sa private hospital 'sir' 'yung pasyente. Sa public hospital hindi eh. 'Ma’am' 'yung nurse eh. May sakit na nga 'yung tao, mahirap pa, sinisigawan pa," Teves said during the budget hearing of the Department of Health (DOH).
Aside from this, Teves also requested Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial to have hotlines installed where maltreated patients can report their complaints.
Meanwhile, the Inquirer noted that Ubial said they already have plans to address the issue.
“In fact I’m thinking of really sending ghost clients as part of our quality assurance,” she said.
Various complaints have been reported about horrible experiences in public hospitals including the long queues and the grumpy staff. In some cases, patients who were rushed due to emergency conditions were allegedly first asked to pay a deposit balance before being given treatment.
This article originally appeared on Spot.ph.
Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.