TACLOBAN CITY -More than P2.5 million in cash incentives were collectively received by doctors and hospital staff of two Leyte provincial-run hospitals recently as part of the provincial government’s drive to improve the hospitals’ professional and facility services. Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said giving of cash incentives to doctors and hospital staff has been done during the administration of former governor and now senatoriable Carlos Jericho Petilla under his hospital enhancement program. Petilla said that the incentive scheme is an effective way in encouraging doctors, nurses and other personnel to work harder and provide better services to the growing clientele of the hospitals.

Personnel from the Leyte Provincial Hospital and the Carigara District Hospital (CDH) were among the first recipients of this incentive for this year. A total of 123 LPH employees were given with doctors receiving P 21,000 with nurses and utility workers to receive 17,000. Meanwhile at the CDH, 61 employees received with doctors getting P 14,000 each.

This hospital income sharing program of the province, which enabled the state-run hospitals in Leyte to charge its patients, excluding those categorized as “indigents”, has yielded income for the province in the amount of P 555 million which, according to the governor, will fund better and functional health services for the province.
Hospital income prior to this sharing scheme was only achieved at P 7million.

Under this program, hospitals started earning and able to sustain operations without subsidy from the provincial government while other extra earnings are given to the doctors and the rest of the staff as their incentive. There are 14 district hospitals that are presently under the provincial government’s management. (AHLETTE C.REYES)