The Cagayan de Oro City Council through the Committee on Health and Sanitation chaired by Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane is set to investigate the implementation of Republic Act 8344, otherwise known as the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law as well as the status of ICUs in hospitals and health care facilities in the city.

As per SunStar CDO, the move comes after the incident which involved former City Mayor Pablo Magtajas who was rushed to a hospital but was reportedly denied admittance and transferred to another hospital apparently because the hospital’s ICU was either full or due to the down payment practice. Accordingly, the case of the former mayor opened opportunities to check on the status of the law’s implementation.

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