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Refuge for the poor

The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is one of the oldest hospitals in the country. It is also one of the largest in terms of patient referrals. To this day, PGH remains to be one of the few government hospitals where patients do not pay for basic services. The PGH Department of Pediatrics serves 62,000 patients annually. Of this number, approximately 7,000 patients are admitted in the PGH pediatric general wards, 15,000 seen at the OPD clinics, 10,000 newborns are directly roomed in with their mothers upon birth, and between 25,000 and 30,000 consult at the emergency room, and are either sent home or transferred to other hospitals. It is the only pediatrics department in the country with a complete complement of pediatric subspecialties, from adolescent pediatrics and allergy and immunology to cardiology, infectious and tropical diseases, neonatology, pediatric intensive care, and many other fields. On the average, the cost of treatment for common illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia is around P10,000-P15,000 per hospital stay. For dengue and typhoid, it is P20,000. The budget of PGH is only P1,500 per patient. On the average, around P300 million is needed each year to support the patients in the wards, PICU, and NICU