BAGUIO CITY – The city government strongly supports the immediate passage of House Bill (HB) No. 10451 which seeks to increase the bed capacity of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) from 800 to 1 500 beds and adequate funds for the said purpose.
The 2022 City Council Series of Resolutions No. 161 recognized the relevance of increasing the bed capacity of BGHMC, which is one of the leading referral hospitals not only in the city but also in North Luzon.
This is because BGHMC offers comprehensive healthcare services availed by experts from various fields of the medical profession, thus making BGHMC their go-to hospital for their patients.
Republic Act (RA) 11084, signed into law on July 23, 2018, increased the bed capacity of BGHMC from 500 to 800 previous beds and provided funds for this purpose.
RA 11084 was enacted to ensure the full promotion of available health facilities in the city so that it can continue to provide general and specialized medical services among its catchment population of Baguio City, Benguet, La Cordillera and northern Luzon region.
The councils said the recent increase in bed capacity has enabled the BGHMC to expand its services and enabled its workforce to serve as the only Tier 3 hospital.
The legislation also made the BGHMC a referral hospital located in the city and accepting patients from the rest of North Luzon.
In 2021, DOH Department Order No. 2021-0001 designated the BGHMC as the Subnational Center for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Orthopedics, Kidney Care and Transplantation, Brain and Spine Care , cancer care, eye care, lung care, mental health, trauma and toxicology and regional center for cardiovascular care, bone care, geriatric care, neonatal care and physical rehabilitation medicine.
To support the implementation of the above centers and enable the BGHMC to expand its services and respond to the influx of patients from the Cordillera and neighboring provinces of northern Luzon, HB 10451 has been filed in the House of representatives.
It was approved on November 23, 2021 during the 17th Congress and transmitted the same day to the Senate which held public hearings on September 7, 2021 and March 22, 2022 with positive results.
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