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Davao Experiences Hospital Bed Shortage

2009 March 1
by Randy

no vacancy500 Davao Experiences Hospital Bed Shortage

Awhile back I had posted referencing an article about the Davao region as a potential retirement haven. This article in particular raised the concern about the availability of hospital rooms and services for the older foreign population that Davao was hoping to attract. Thus the suggestion that a specialty hospital be constructed in Samal, in particular the old Samal Casino was reasoned as a potential facility.

I had thought at the time that Davao was in pretty good shape in regards to hospitals, as least as far as Philippine cities go. It appears that I was wrong in that assumption, as this latest article from the SunStar indicates the situation is already bleak with regards to available rooms at the area hospitals.

We suffer from dire lack of hospital beds. This has been the situation for so long now. And there are just too many patients, said a nurse from DMC.

But it is not just at DMC that is being deluged by patients. Private hospitals have been turning down patients for lack of hospital beds and rooms to accommodate them.

The situation is not a new one. It has been a reality for a long time now. With just over 2,000 hospital beds available, the city’s hospital bed ratio falls short of the ideal 1:500 hospital bed/population ratio at 1:620.

The following article goes into greater detail about the situation at different facilities, but the underlying problem is the same. Too many people and not enough rooms. The most disturbing aspect of this, at least to me, is there doesn’t seem to be any immediate solution coming.

Hospital bed shortage | Sun.Star Network Online

Photo credit : flickr|taberandrew

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  1. March 3, 2009

    hi randy,
    i don’t know how much this will improve things, but i just read that davao doctors hospital will be constructing a 14th story medical tower. this will be the hospital’s 2nd tower.

    the article doesn’t really say if there are any hospital expansions to take care of this problem. hopefully, steps are already being made because that’s sure is an embarrassing oversight when the city is trying to lure retirees to live there.

  2. March 3, 2009

    This is very much true Randy specially at DMC hospital. When my cousin delivered her baby by a CS operation, 2 patients in 1 bed. Can you imagine that? But that’s on “Free Ward” and not on “Pay Ward”. Private hospitals has private rooms and not all Filipino patients want to stay there because they will surely die with the bills lol. I just wish everybody is healthy so no need to add more beds at the hospital. Have a great day.

  3. March 3, 2009

    Hi Macky – let’s hope there are solutions in the works and the article just failed to mention them, or do the research to find out. The second tower for DMC would seem to be a help in that regard, and I’m surprised it wasn’t referenced. I wonder how far out the project is.

    Considering that health care is such a big business, I would expect that someone will see the opportunity and jump on it.

  4. March 3, 2009

    Hi Katherine – I can’t imagine a mother having to share a bed when giving birth. I would almost think that a midwife would be preferable to that situation.

    I have to say from US standards the cost for the delivery in the Philippines is really very cheap. At least it was for my nephews when they were born a couple of years ago. The overall cost was about 1/10th of what it would have been here, and my sister-in-law was in the hospital for several days.

    I hope the the situation with the beds improves soon, but with population of the area that may be a difficult task. It certainly could be a deterrent to attracting more retirees.

  5. March 3, 2009

    My daughter was born in the Philippines in 2005 and my wife had a private room. I think the total bill came to something like 400 dollars or so. This was in Digos, about an hour south of Davao.

    Hey Randy, I haven’t forgotten you in regards to Bisaya study practice. I’ve just been real busy with school. Wanna do Skype or Wiziq next time?

  6. March 3, 2009

    Hi Kevin – your experience sounds very similar to my brother’s family. I guess the problem now a days is finding a room.

    No problem with the study practice. I’ve been busy, too. This weekend looks like it could be filled, also. When we get back to it, I think WizIq with Skype works the best for using the board.

  7. gary kimball permalink
    August 26, 2009

    what a small world. I live with my Fhilipino wife on Roatan Island, Honduras, Planning to move to Davao or Samal as she is from Davao and raised there. I’m from Hayden Lake, Idaho. Its a small world….

    • August 26, 2009

      Hi Gary – thanks for stopping by.

      I was just in Hayden Lake yesterday for business. Will likely be back within the week.

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