Under the new law, stricter penalties would be served to hospitals who would refuse treatment of emergency case patients because of a lack of money. Penalties now include imprisonment of up to four to six years for hospitals that demand any deposit or other forms of advance payment as a pre-requisite for admission or medical treatment of an emergency patient.
Fines have also been increased to reflect the strengthening of the regulation.
Hospitals that refuse to provide emergency patients with basic care face penalties ranging from Php100,000 to Php1,000,000. It also gives authority to the Department of Health (DoH) to revoke the license of a health facility after three repeated violations committed pursuant to an established policy of the hospital or clinic or upon the instruction of its management.
Meanwhile, the law provides that the cost of the basic emergency care incurred shall be tax-deductible in favor of the said hospital or medical clinic that has given
basic emergency medical services to the poor and indigent patients.
The Philippine Mental Health Law of which Senator Risa Hontiveros is one of the
author, provide a national mental health system and address the concerns of Filipinos who are in need of accessible mental health care.
By making the mental health care accessible down to the barangays and promoting mental health education in schools and workplaces, this important piece of legislation would give awareness regarding mental health and remove the social stigma against people with suicidal tendencies.
The first 1000 days act or the healthy Nanay and bulilit act which Hontiveros again co-authored will improve the health and life expectancy of Filipino children by giving prime concern on the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life.
The first 1,000 days of a baby’s life, which covers the nine months of a mother’s pregnancy until a child’s second birthday is the foundation of a person’s future
health, intellectual development, and motor and social skills.
The National Nutrition Council (NNC), in coordination with other national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations and other stakeholders will develop a comprehensive and sustainable strategy for the first 1,000 days of life to address health nutrition, and developmental problems affecting infants, young children, pregnant and lactating women, and adolescent girls.