corporate social responsibility
What are your existing CSR programs?
A. Socialized pricing of our professional fees and services depending on the patient’s capacity to pay:
Our objective here is to provide all patients who come to the clinic with the same quality of care regardless of whether they can pay our regular rates or not. Our policy is to never turn away any patient who comes to the clinic for consultation and treatment. The implementation of this is left to the discretion of the eye doctors who decides whether to charge the full amount or give discounts as they see fit. A code using various letters is indicated on the patient’s charts after each consult and the corresponding amount is then charged by the cashier. These are monitored via receipts.
B. Regular Medical missions to outlying and undeserved areas in our region:
Our objective is to reduce the burden of blindness in our region by going to the places where no eye doctors are available and to perform surgeries there. A secondary objective is to train residents and fellows. This is done in cooperation with various NGO’s and LGU’s who identify the areas in need and to mobilize the community in bringing the patients to a single location where surgeries can be performed. We provide the professional services and the counterpart NGO’s and LGU’s provide the logistics, supplies, accommodations and transportation. A record of the areas served and the number of patients done is maintained by the Ophthalmology residents of the Cebu Velez General Hospital (CVGH). In 2014 and the first half of 2015, almost 200 patients have availed of these services in Bayawan, Toledo, la Liberated, Tuburan, Daan Bantanyan, and Siargao. The records are reviewed and evaluated by the Training Officer of the department of Ophthalmology of the CVGH
C. Free Medical Surgeries for indigents at the ACES Eye Referral Clinics:
Our objective is to be able to perform eye surgery in our Ambulatory Eye Centers for free in case the patient is unable to pay the regular rates. This is done in cooperation with an NGO, the Resources for the Blind (RBI), the braille center and civic organizations like the Rotary and Lions Clubs. An average of 10 patients avail of this program every month. A record of these cases is kept in a logbook by our nurses. These are reviewed and evaluated regularly by the General Manager and Business manager.
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