THE four government-owned specialty hospitals in Quezon City will have P1.56 billion in additional funds this year, a House leader said on Sunday.
“More funding means the hospitals can accommodate and treat more patients from Quezon City and Metro Manila, and from nearby provinces and even other parts of the country as well,” said House Assistant Majority Leader and Quezon City Rep. Precious Castelo.
Castelo said the health facilities, which are under the Department of Health (DoH), can also expand their services at a time when the country is still battling the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The four specialty hospitals are the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP), National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), and Philippine Heart Center (PHC).
They are located along East Avenue and Quezon Avenue, within walking distance of each other near Quezon City Hall.
Based on the P4.5-trillion 2021 national budget signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last Dec. 28, Castelo said the children’s hospital will get the biggest increase of P736 million, with its funding going up from P1.198 billion last year to P1.934 billion this year.
She added NKTI will receive P372 million in additional subsidy, from P908 million to P1.28 billion; while the heart center will have P364 million more, from P1.432 billion to P1.796 billion.
Lung Center’s outlay was augmented by P88 million, from P417 million last year to P505 million this year, she said.
“It is ironic that the Lung Center, which is a COVID-19 hospital like NKTI, is getting the smallest budgetary increase,” Castelo stressed.
She urged the DoH to help COVID-19 health facilities with more funds because the highly contagious new coronavirus continues to infect more Filipinos.
“We even have a variant that is reportedly 70-percent more infectious. Our people should remain vigilant and should always observe basic health protocols like wearing of mask and face shield, and frequent hand washing,” she said.