Chinese patients can’t be rejected -- PHAPI

February 01, 2020

THE Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPi) reminded private hospitals that they are not allowed to refuse or discriminate against Chinese nationals and patients suspected of having the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) infection.

PHAPi president Dr. Rustico Jimenez issued the reminder after the first case of the disease was confirmed in the country.

Jimenez also urged the public to report to the association or the Department of Health private hospitals that refuse to treat or accord immediate medical attention to any patient.

“Part ng aming commitment... you do not discriminate ang ating mga kalahi, ibang lahi kasi ang ospital is for all people na nangangailangan ng tulong. So ‘wag tayong magdi-discriminate. Kasama po ‘yun sa aming sinumpaan sa Hippocratic Oath...  Puwede pong ireklamo ang isang ospital na tatanggi na tumanggap ng pasyente,” he said, noting that hospitals can be penalized.

The DOH on Friday said big hospitals in the country are not allowed to turn away patients who are exhibiting symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease.

“They are being reminded that they can’t turn away patients because of suspected nCoV ... they have to treat them and manage them within the facility,” Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said at a press briefing.

On Thursday, the DOH confirmed that a 38-year-old woman from Wuhan City, China — the so-called epicenter of the deadly virus — tested positive for the 2019-nCoV.