House okays bill hiking VSMMC’s capacity to 1,200 beds

January 12, 2015 8:05 am 

By Eddie O. Barrita

CEBU CITY, Jan. 11 (PNA) — The House of Representatives has passed a proposed bill seeking to increase the bed capacity of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), the biggest state-run hospital in this city.

House Bill 5276, authored by Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district), seeks to increase VSMMC’s current bed capacity of 800 to 1,200 beds.

Del Mar said the approved bill was already submitted to the Senate on December 17, 2014.

Del Mar said his bill is an amendment to Republic Act No. 8658 which also increased the hospital’s capacity from the original 400 beds to its current 800 bed capacity.

Statistical data revealed that over the past 10 years, the occupancy rate of the hospital has been steadily increasing from 100 percent to 121.95 percent.

“Because of the increasing cost of medical care in private hospitals and the lack of facilities and services in government district hospitals, more and more patients flock to VSMMC,” del Mar said.

Del Mar said the VSMMC is also the biggest government-run medical center in Central Visayas.

He said it does not only serve patients from Metro Cebu and the cities and the provinces of the region but also serves patients from neighboring regions in the Visayas and Mindanao.

“Although the VSMMC has continued to evolve and improve its basic and tertiary health care services responsive to the changing need of the community, its present capacity, however, will prevent the Medical Center from serving its increasing number of patients, which in effect defeat the very purpose of providing universal health care to as many patients as possible,” he said.

The bill also provides that funds necessary to carry out its provisions shall be included in the General Appropriations Act of the year following its enactment into law and thereafter. (PNA)

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