ILOILO – After a number of renovations and expansions, the 12 hospitals managed by the provincial government are becoming economically viable and some are even step closer to being sustainable.
From P261-million in 2015, the hospitals registered a new record of P281-million excess income over their personal service requirements and unutilized cash advances in 2016, according to the Hospital Management Office.
Of the excess income, P39.25-million came from Representative Pedro G. Trono Memorial District Hospital in Guimbal, P39.05-million from Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan, P31.67-million from Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, P26.69-million from Sara District Hospital and P23.87-million from Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian.
Others registered the following excess income:
Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog – P24.51-million
Dr. Ricardo Ladrido Memorial District Hospital in Lambunao – P18.63-million
Barotac Viejo District Hospital in Barotac Viejo– P17.47-million
Don Valerio Palmares Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Passi City– P17.43-million
Ramon D. Duremdes District Hospital in Dumangas – P16.10-million
Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in Cabatuan– P9.40-million
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has directed the chiefs of hospitals to remit the said excess to the provincial treasurer on Wednesday as part of the liquidation of the cash advances from the general fund of the province.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, also the chief of Hospital Management Office, explained that the excess in income was largely due to unutilized subsidy from the province’s coffers.
The hospitals in Alimodian, Balasan and Calinog, for example, had major infrastructure improvement in 2016 without expense from the provincial government.
The three were recipient of $7-million aid from Korea International Cooperation Agency which increased its capacity to provide adequate and comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care services.
Others were also provided with assistance under the Department of Health’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program.
Banias said they are contemplating to reinvest about P150-million of the excess income to procure additional drugs and medicines, medical and laboratory supplies and to fund other proposed hospital infrastructure projects.