VSMMC requires Cebu City to make a P2-M deposit

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

THE Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) is requiring the Cebu City Government to deposit P2 million before it will accept patients from the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

The City still owes the VSMMC P3 million under the City Hospitalization and Medicine Program (Champ), dating back to 2010. That was why the VSMMC stopped accepting Champ patients.

The City, though, is again tapping the VSMMC for city indigents who need major surgeries or have serious medical cases after the Department of Health downgraded the accreditation status of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) from level 2 to a level 1 facility.


The CCMC can no longer perform major surgeries and is only allowed to perform minor surgeries, such as wound dressing, removing sutures or surgical stitches and stitching minor injuries.


In a news conference yesterday, Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella said he understands VSMMC’s move, considering the City’s pending obligation to the latter.

Labella assured the VSMMC that the City will pay its payable as soon as the hospital meets the documentary requirements.

The hospital’s billing lacks medical abstract and list of names of Champ patients, among others.

Labella said the Commission on Audit will question the City if it releases the money without the supporting documents.

As to when the City can make the P2-million deposit, Labella said this will be as soon as possible so the City can start referring Champ patients to the VSMMC.

In tranches

“Kanang P2 million lahi na ha (that’s something else). Lahi pod tong P3 million (is another matter). Separate na,” he added.

Champ Head Henry Sanchez, in a separate interview, said they are processing papers so they can deposit the money.

However, Sanchez said they will deposit the amount in tranches.

“Among unang i-deposit kay P500,000 lang sa. Kung mahurot na, magdeposit na sad mi og lain (We’ll make an initial deposit of P500,000. Once that’s used up, we’ll make another deposit),” he said.

Under the Champ program, a city indigent can avail himself of P5,000 worth of medicines, P5,000 for laboratory and a maximum of P25,000 for hospitalization.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 08, 2014.

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