Not a charity hospital? Physician defends OB-Gyne who refused to accept pregnant woman


A physician namely  James Abraham Dacanay Malala has posted his comment against those who cyber bully his fellow doctor who he said that just “followed the hospital’s protocol.”

This is his response about a viral post of Andrew Pelayo who accused University of Santo Tomas (UST) hospital for not accepting her wife who supposed to be getting birth to a baby last February 19 due to hospital bills that has to be paid first. The baby died after the pregnant woman was refused to be admitted twice.

In his post, he discussed his argument in five points where he emphasized that netizens should stop judging the doctor who just did her job.

Here’s the full post:

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Points to ponder after reading the recent viral FB post where a resident physician was judged and accused wrongly.

1.) The UST hospital (even the clinical division) is not a charity/government hospital. Admission in the clinical division hospital is per cash-basis however the doctor’s fee and room/service bed are free. That being said, all procedures (labs, imaging studies, surgical paraphernalia) and medications are shouldered by the patient. I know this very well because I am a proud Thomasian graduate/physician.

2.) The physician is an OB-Gyn resident. Like any other resident, she’s just following the hospital protocol. She will not benefit from the patient’s money. She doesn’t have a professional fee. The resident doctor is on duty out of compassion and commitment.

3.) As narrated in the post, the patient and her husband were advised early on after the doctor examined & made sure that the patients (mother & baby) are stable that they need to transfer to another institution (Government Hospital), that can cater their needs based on their available funds. But then, they came back.

4.) Pregnancy in general or an ongoing-labor for that matter is relatively a non-emergency case if we talk about the financial aspect of it. The patient and her husband should have at least saved enough money for 9months (7 months if premature) in preparation for childbirth (responsible parenthood). I am also curious if they have PhilHealth because being responsible to one’s health should at least invest on a PhilHealth benefit (the least of what our government can do).

5.) It’s unfair that the social media is used casually & wrongly to humiliate & destroy a doctor’s reputation because of ignorance & outburst of emotions. It’s really foul. Our healthcare system may suck hence the occurrence of such problems but the laymen should probably let the resident physician/hospital explain its side first (in private) before they judge & curse. Owell. Social media posts and access to healthcare have things in common. Both “a right” & also “a responsibility”.

My deepest condolences to the parents of the baby. May this serve as a lesson for everyone.

‪#‎ThinkBeforeYouClick‬ ‪#‎BeResponsible‬ ‪#‎RespectYourDoctors‬‪#‎StopCyberBullying‬ ‪#‎StopRuiningPeoplesLives‬

According to the Republic act 8344, hospitals and medical clinics will be penalized upon refusal to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency or serious cases.

Your thoughts?


Comments 12

  1. Para sa'yo Rahl Sy………sana basahin mo ng paulit-ulit ang lahat ng naging komento mo..at pag-isipan mo itong mabuti….wag mong ibase ang pagtulong sa kapwa sa halaga ng kaya mong iabot……ang pagtulong sa kapwa ay nagagawa sa maraming paraan…..at depende sa bawa't sitwasyon……ang pangangatwiran mo ay irrelevant sa kung anu ang naging sitwasyon ng mag-asawa at sa nangyari sa kanilang anak at ang naging tugon ng taong sana'y mas may higit na kapangyarihan na magbigay ng kanyang dagliang tulong at pang-unawa…….sa susunod…alamin mo muna ang paksa bago ka magbigay ng iyong kuro-kuro……at ipagdarasal ko na sana'y wag mangyari sa'yo at sa mahal mo sa buhay ang sakit at pighati na dinanas ng mag-asawa…….

  2. Para sa'yo Rahl Sy………sana basahin mo ng paulit-ulit ang lahat ng naging komento mo..at pag-isipan mo itong mabuti….wag mong ibase ang pagtulong sa kapwa sa halaga ng kaya mong iabot……ang pagtulong sa kapwa ay nagagawa sa maraming paraan…..at depende sa bawa't sitwasyon……ang pangangatwiran mo ay irrelevant sa kung anu ang naging sitwasyon ng mag-asawa at sa nangyari sa kanilang anak at ang naging tugon ng taong sana'y mas may higit na kapangyarihan na magbigay ng kanyang dagliang tulong at pang-unawa…….sa susunod…alamin mo muna ang paksa bago ka magbigay ng iyong kuro-kuro……at ipagdarasal ko na sana'y wag mangyari sa'yo at sa mahal mo sa buhay ang sakit at pighati na dinanas ng mag-asawa…….

  3. Una sinabi na ng magasawa na regular check up nila sa OB-gyne na si Dr. Sahagun. Kung una pa lang na sabihan na ng tama ang mag asawa sa lahat ng gagastusin at kakailanganin marahil naiwasan ang hindi magandang nangyari. Setting of proper expectation. UST Hospital is a private hospital and has the responsibility to properly remind their patient of how much it will cost those who seek their service. The couple is in good faith that service will be provided. If only Dr. Sahagun reminds them not only on the last minute that it will take MONEY first to be admitted then couple could have been prepared or search for government hospital that could accomodate them. Second your analogy of providing medecines to those who are less fortunate by the doctors is irrelevant because that is a different case. Lastly given the pressure, emotional trauma, pain and dillema of the couple at that time, there was no way for them to think right and I just hope it would not happen to you or to your loved ones.

  4. Laarni may melendez, josh sy, garry mal, rofy olofernes:
    Wait tanong lang. Kunwari doctor ka sa government hospital o kahit private na, may pasyente kang hindi makabili mg gamot dahil walang wala talaga sila at alam mong kelangan nya yun bibilhan mo ba siya? Pano kung araw2 na lang wala siyang pambili dhil tamang tama lang ang pera nila sa pgkain bibilhan mo ba siya ng gamot araw2? O responsibilidad na ng mga magulang, asawa, kamag anak etc ang pambili? At mayroon kang 10 na pasyenteng parehong pareho ng ganitong sitwasyon, anng ggwin mo?
    Sa emergency case naman may dumating sa er manga2nak ng premature inadmit mo kht alam mong walang pambayad sa incubator, hospital fee dhil sa pribadong ospital ka. Buhay ang nanay at si baby pero baon sila sa utang, walang trabaho pareho ang magulang ni baby. Hindi ba mas mgnda na ituro sila sa government hospital kung san sila mkkamura kaysa iadmit sila sa pribadong ospital at hayaang mabaon sa utang? Responsibilidad ba ng resident doctor na bayaran o mgbigay ng tulong pinansyal sa sitwasyong ito dhil total ikaw naman ngadmit ng pasyente?
    Curious lng ako sa mga isasagot nila. Sana mkapagcomment kayo para mabasa din namin ang ggwn nyo sa kalagayan na ito.

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