January 10th, 2008
NAVAL, Biliran — Biliran Governor Rogelio “Roger” J. Espina has taken over the helm as chief of the Biliran Provincial Hospital (BPH) January 4, 2008.
Manila Buletin Online 10 Jan 2008
This shift in the BPH leadership here will ensure the transformation of the province’s premier hospital into a Medical Center.
Governor Espina finished a course on “Improving the Quality of Health Services” at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts last October 2007.
He took over the hospital’s administration from Dr. Alfonso Veneracion who is now provincial health officer.
Espina, also a doctor by profession, is pushing for the BPH to become a tertiary hospital in order to provide more efficient and effective health services to the Biliranons.
At the same time, Espina would like the hospital to earn more income to increase funds for maintenance and operations of the upgraded hospital.
Another reason he cited to have the hospital’s level improved is the higher amount of PhilHealth benefits given to a patient.
For drug and medicines per confinement, a patient in a secondary hospital is given P1,500, while that in a tertiary hospital, a patient is entitled to P3,000; for intensive cases a patient in a secondary hospital will receive only P4,000, while the one in a tertiary hospital would receive P9,000, and in catastrophic cases the amount would be P4,000 and P14,000 respectively.
Espina emphasized that in a tertiary hospital, a patient with health insurance coverage is given more benefits and higher quality service while at the same time the hospital also earns more.
And when it comes to PhilHealth coverage, most of the people in Biliran province are already card holders, he said.
The young governor-doctor plans for this hospital modernization to tap the funds of local and foreign funding agencies responsible in providing financial assistance to various health programs and projects.
Institutions where the funding comes as a loan package but which the major part of the total amount would be coming as a grant, after the recipient had put up the required equities like the European Commission (EC), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), among others.
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