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Tambunting hails SC ruling in favor of anti-hospital deposit law

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting has welcomed the recent Supreme Court decision that upheld the validity and constitutionality of the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law.

“I am proud our Supreme Court has ruled that this law has not violated the rights of our hospitals. Clearly, there was no real basis for this case to have been filed in the first place,” said Tambunting.

Tambunting, one of the principal authors of Republic Act No. 10932, said that “no Filipino must be deprived of basic emergency care due to poverty.”

“We ask our hospitals to be our partner in achieving this goal,” he said.

In its ruling, the high tribunal stressed that if they are going to invalidate the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law—on the basis of conjectures and suppositions—then, “it would be unduly treading questions of policy and wisdom not only of the legislature that passed it, but also of the executive which approved it.”

RA 10932 increased the penalties against hospitals who require deposits before accepting patients in emergency or serious cases.

The coverage of the law now includes pregnant women in active labor as one of the emergency cases which hospitals cannot refuse. It also makes the hospital liable in case a patient dies due to the refusal of treatment by the medical facility.

Tambunting stressed that the new law will ensure the health of poor patients are not put at even greater risk simply because they don’t have enough money to pay the advanced deposit.