The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) thanked Albay representative Joey Salceda for facilitating funds to support its Indigent Patient Assistance Program (MAIP) which has served – among others – some 10,888 COVID patients -19 since the start of the pandemic last year.
In a recent letter to Salceda, Dr. Eric Raymond Raborar, medical chief of BRTTH, said MAIP has enabled the hospital to accomplish a lot despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to you for all the help you have given to BRTTH and our patients during this national health emergency,” said Raborar.
“With your unconditional support to BRTTH and MAIP, we are able to provide medical assistance to COVID and non-COVID patients, especially those who cannot afford the costs of health services offered by private facilities,” he added.
Salceda, in turn, thanked BRTTH “for recognizing our 2D COVID response team (2nd district) and our 2D commitment of MAIP funds for COVID treatment”,
For its response to the pandemic, the BRTTH – with a capacity of 250 to a maximum of 300 beds – received more than 135 million pesos in 2021.
He spent a total of P431.832.232, with P187.235.956.86 in PhilHealth claims and P140.272.464.63 in receivables.
BRTTH was converted to a “pure COVID hospital facility” on September 15, 2021, accepting only critical, severe and moderate COVID cases, and highly critical and complex non-COVID medical cases.
To expand its response to the pandemic, BRTTH has also activated its Triangle response team with its three district hospitals – Ziga Memorial District Hospital, Legazpi City Hospital and Josefina Belmonte Provincial Hospital – Duran Albay in the first, second and third districts of the province, respectively.
As part of its response to the pandemic, all patients benefited from free services and medicines, laboratory tests (MRI, computed tomography, X-rays), as well as free 24/7 access to BRTTH BioMed technicians for the calibration of medical equipment and internal access to its operations. center.
The BRTTH 2021 Achievement Report shows that the institution has helped reduce the pandemic in Albay by 65%.
Salceda has continuously helped BRTTH better respond and serve the health and medical issues of the Bicol region, tabling various proposals in Congress to modernize the medical facility and expand its capacity.
Bill 8856, which he introduced in 2019, aims to modernize the more than 100-year-old BRTTH, which is now called the Philippine General Hospital of Southern Luzon, so that it can accommodate more patients from Albay, Sorsogon and the island. Masbate and Catanduanes provinces, many of which are disadvantaged by the distance to travel and rising costs of medical facilities in Metro Manila.