COVID-19 hospitals in QC get P1.3B budget hike

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By Billy Begas

Several government-run hospitals in Quezon City being used to treat COVID-19 patients were allocated an additional P1.3 billion budget this year.

Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor said the funds were included in the P5.024 trillion national budget for 2022.

“The extra taxpayer subsidy will allow these hospitals to provide more services and financial assistance to their patients, many of whom are residents of Quezon City,” Defensor said.

He said the Lung Center of the Philippines received a P179 million augmentation or from P505 million in 2021 to P684 million this year.

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute will get P300 million more or from P1.3 billion to P1.6 billion, while the Philippine Heart Center will have an additional P100 million, from P1.8 billion to P1.9 billion, Defensor said.

Defensor noted that in the case of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, its 2022 budget will go down by P400 million to P1.5 billion because its allocation for the procurement of various medical equipment in 2021 was a one-time appropriation.

The East Avenue Medical Center will get an additional P400 million, from P2.2 billion to P2.6 billion; while the Quirino Memorial Medical Center, formerly Labor Hospital, will have P200 million more, from P1.1 billion to P1.3 billion.

Funds for the Philippine Orthopedic Center will be augmented by P102 million or from P934 to P1.036 billion; the budget for the National Children’s Hospital will go up by P66 million, from P595 million to P661 million.

Aside from national government-run health facilities, Defensor said the Quezon City government owns several hospitals that cater to city residents.

He urged the local government to match the national government initiative by allocating more funds to its hospitals to accommodate more patients, especially at this time of health pandemic.