KALIBO, Aklan – At least 27 doctors have filed a protest against the Aklan Provincial Government after it recently passed an ordinance requiring them to give 20 percent of their professional fee as Philippine Health Insurance (Philhealth) contribution.
In a nine-page petition dated June 25, 2012, the doctors protested the passage of the General Ordinance Number 2012-001 which aims to deduct from government doctors 20 percent of their professional fees.
The deducted amount will be used for the payment of premium contributions for indigent beneficiaries of the province.
The doctors who are all working at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital (provincial hospital) said that the prosecutor's office already maintained that the ordinance does not have a legal basis for implementation. Because of this, the doctors said the ordinance crafted is invalid.
Said petition has been filed before the Kalibo Regional Trial Court, hoping that it would be formally declared invalid.
The Aklan provincial government has yet to legally respond to the petition filed by the doctors. (PNA)