June 23, 2024

The Senate approved on final reading House Bill 10451 increasing the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center’s bed capacity from 800 to 1,500 beds.

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, principal author of the bill, said that the bed capacity increase would address the increasing number of patients in BGHMC and will further provide quality healthcare to the people of Baguio, the Cordillera, and northern Luzon.

Go said BGHMC plays a crucial role as a regional apex hospital and premier end-referral center for the Cordillera and northern Luzon, offering leading-edge specialty services. The hospital, which trains over 200 resident doctors in over 16 specialized fields, is set to fully implement 15 more specialty programs over the next four years. These include cardiovascular care, renal care and transplant, lung care, brain and spine care, orthopedic center, cancer care, infectious disease and tropical medicine, and mental health, among others.

Go was also the principal author of Republic Act 11084, enacted in 2018, which increased BGHMC’s bed capacity from 500 to 800 to address then the hospital’s occupancy rate of more than 140 percent.

HB 10451 is set to be adopted by the House of Representatives and will be transmitted to Malacañang for the President’s signature. – Press release