Baguio City Representative Mark Go said that the President signed into law Republic Act 11084 on October 3, 2018, increasing the bed capacity of BGHMC from 500 to 800.
A bill he principally authored in Congress along side with the counterpart Senate Bill 1736 by Senator JV Ejercito is to ensure additional facilities, equipment, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals for BGHMC. This would greatly help the people not only in Baguio City but also in nearby provinces to avail quality and effective health services.
“We thank the President for signing this very significant and important measure. This is what BGHMC needs considering that the same is the premiere hospital in the North,” said Go.
BGHMC attends to an average of 40,000 in-patients and about 400,000 out-patients annually. Its subsidy to thousands of indigent patients amounts to Php400 million a year. Currently, BGHMC has an average bed occupancy rate of 120% with a patient to nurse ratio of 1:40.
The hospital’s annual statistics report reveals that every year, the hospital exceeds its bed occupancy due to its volume of admission. In 2015 alone, its bed occupancy rate has reached 133.92% with a total admission of 37, 022. In 2015, it exceeded 144.17 % of its normal occupancy rate admitting a total of 37,577 patients.
“It was two decades ago since the last expansion of BGHMC from 400 to 500 bed capacity. With the growing population and people who are seeking medical attention, such bed capacity increase of BGHMC is justified. Not only this entails additional health facilities and medical equipment but also manpower such as doctors, nurses, other medical professionals and administrative employees,” Go said.
“This is the fruit of our effort in Congress designed to provide quality health care services. Certainly, this bed capacity increase will redound to the benefit of our people,” he added.
Meanwhile, the President also signed into law the upgrading and improvement of the Southern Isabela General Hospital in Santiago City, Isabela; La Union Medical Center (LUMC) in Agoo, La Union; and the Veterans Regional Hospital in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
RA 11082 aims to upgrade the Southern Isabela General Hospital into a tertiary general hospital, and will be renamed Southern Isabela Medical Center (SIMC) which will be placed “under the direct technical and administrative supervision of the Department of Health (DoH). The authorized bed capacity of the SIMC will also be “increased from 50 to 350 beds.”
RA 11083 is intended to upgrade the services and facilities of the LUMC by increasing its bed capacity from 100 to 300 and establishing a trauma center therein, also authorizing the increase of its personnel.
Under RA 11081, the Veterans Regional Hospital will be renamed Region II Trauma and Medical Center, with its bed capacity to be increased to 500 from 200, and “upgrading its services and professional health care, authorizing the increase of its medical personnel.” By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis( PIA CAR)