PGH to open 700-bed hospital in UP Diliman

Premier government hospital Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has revealed its plans to open a branch and extend its services in Quezon City, particularly in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.

PGH Director Gerardo Legaspi, in an interview with ANC, said the hospital will be built in the next six years and is considered an expansion of the main hospital in Taft Avenue.

While the main branch has a 1,500-bed capacity, the Diliman branch will house 700 beds.

Legaspi said the services will choose no status as the rich and poor will be served equally.

“That is the social coup that I was thinking of. You’ll have ‘Triple A’ facility where there will be no distinction between private and charity patients,” he added.

The plan to build a new state hospital in the Diliman campus area was approved by UP President Danilo Concepcion, Legaspi said. The UP System runs the PGH, located beside its old campus in Manila.

PGH has requested a budget of P3 billion to upgrade its facilities which will include three catheterization laboratories for heart patients, two computerized tomography or CT scan machines and robotics.

Legaspi also suggested the increase on the tobacco and alcohol taxes. In the 2012 Sin Tax Law, an initial 60 percent increase and 9 percent adjustments until 2022 will help raise P1 billion for the hospital.

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