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