Courtesy Meeting with DOH Sec. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial

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Courtesy Meeting with DOH Sec. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial
Office of the Secretary, Department of Health, August 11, 2016

The main message to PHA and its general membership of DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial at 4pm last Thursday, August 11 is that "CHANGE HAS COME. Patients must not suffer due to difficulties that can be jointly resolved. Quality of care must be the focus. Let us help each other."


  1. Extended further to December 31, 2016 the moratorium on infrastructure requirements for hospitals;
  2. Reviewing the nomenclature (Level 1, 2,3) and the resulting restrictions and downgrading of facilities that affected the hospital operation and the communities so that it will be aligned with the spirit and intent of the AO;
  3. Reviewing the slew of policies that have the tendency of changing the rules at mid game; allow the previously issued policies a chance to stabilize before changing with or issuing new ones;
  4. Licensing problems with her officials-let her office know but present concrete verifiable documentations (not white paper) to facilitate action;
  5. The good Secretary is reviewing the possibility of devolving licensing activities and approval to the Regions away from the Central Office as the standards/requirements are already clear;
  6. Review standards or rules of engagements for rural and urban hospitals owing to the differences and nuances in their respective area of operation;
  7. Reviewing the decongestion of Tertiary Hospitals by improving the capabilities of the lower healthcare facilities; Rural Health Units can play an important role.
  8. The private hospitals have been mandated to provide 10% of its bed capacities for the indigents. With the UHC these poorest of the poor have been automatically enrolled with PHIC. NBB for those under the 10% will be imposed.
  9. Reviewing the concerns on the number of days set by PHIC for selected cases (pneumonia, diarrhea, etc.).
  10. Regulations are not cast in stone; policies and standards are currently undergoing review for the purpose of adjusting those that are not advantageous to the people and the industry;
  11. Other issues were brought out by the officers of the PHA as received from their respective Councils/Chapters, members which shall be consolidated and sent to the Secretary for her reference/review.

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