LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Doctors who trace their roots from the different parts of the Cordillera are setting their sights on a suitable area in this capital town to establish an affordable state-of-the-art hospital, Mayor Romeo K. Salda said recently.
Salda said the primary intention of the private hospital to be established by the doctors who are now currently working abroad is to make health care services affordable to the Cordillerans who need affordable and quality service.
“The people of La Trinidad will be the luckiest Cordillerans because it is in the locality that the doctors want the hospital to be established the soonest considering the increasing need of the residents and visitors for affordable and quality health care services from state-of-the-art health care facilities,” Mayor Salda stressed.
The local chief executive pointed out the interested doctors group working abroad want to render services to their fellow Cordillerans so they want the hospital to be established in the town and for the said facility to operate and provide people with affordable and quality health care services.
According to him, the group of doctors are now currently looking for a suitable land in the locality where the proposed hospital can erected to make it operational the soonest and for the people to have the alternative option when seeking medical attention from the current health facilities in Baguio and Benguet.
He claimed there are already some lands and structures in the municipality identified by the partners of the group but the same have to pass through the rigid scrutiny of the prospective operators of the health care facility so that the hospital that will be constructed pursuant to international standards.
Salda added the realization of the proposed hospital project will definitely be a big boost to the effective and efficient delivery of health care services considering there is only one private and one public hospital operating in the capital town despite the rapid growth of the population.
He stated the doctors plan to make sure their health care services will be much cheaper compared to the prevailing rates being imposed by the existing hospitals so that people will have other options for their health condition.
Part of the operation of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) is an economic enterprise pursuant to an approved ordinance while the Cordillera Hospital of the Divine Grace is a purely private hospital which has yet to be in full operation.
Salda explained what is meritorious with the proposal is that aside from providing patients with quality health care services, the fees charged for medical services will be cheaper compared to the existing hospital rates of existing hospitals in Baguio and Benguet.
He stipulated that patients who cannot afford the medical services of medical facilities in Baguio and Benguet will surely benefit from the operation of the hospital once established.
Banner photo by Armando M. Bolislis