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Bacolod City can’t afford to operate own hospital – study

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Bacolod City Councilor Al Victor Espino is pushing for the establishment of three primary health centers in the city to decongest the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH).

CLMMRH, the only public regional hospital in Bacolod, caters to patients coming from Bacolod and its neighboring towns and cities.

“We need to create primary healthcare centers because the problem of Bacolod City with regards to health care is the absorptive capacity of the CLMMRH. I will discuss the proposal with Mayor Evelio Leonardia,” said Espino in a Daily Guardian article

The politiko noted that 40 to 60 percent of CLMMRH patients are constituents of Bacolod, thus the need for more primary healthcare centers in the barangays.

Espino cited an ongoing study that the city cannot afford to run a hospital but can operate primary healthcare centers.

He said they are planning to put up primary healthcare centers in the north, south and central portions of Bacolod with 15 to 20 bed capacities.

“Part of the study is to determine the financial requirement to run a primary healthcare center,” according to him.

Espino said Rep. Greg Gasataya has committed to help put up the infrastructure while the obligation of the city is to provide the staff and lot.