ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL, Philippines—A new hospital is opening its doors to treat the sickest patients in the country, but only if they can pay a fee of at least P2,000 per person.
The St Joseph hospital in Manila is one of two in the island nation set to open to patients with a diagnosis of Ebola, the virus that killed more than 3,000 people in Guinea in late March.
But it will only accept patients who can pay at least a P2.50-million ($1.5 million) fee, according to the Ministry of Health.
That means patients with income from farming or from other jobs could pay less, but they will still be treated at the same hospital.
“It is a new and innovative concept for the Philippines,” said Dr. Daniel Marquez, director of the hospital’s Ebola treatment unit.
“It will be an economic and financial boon for the nation.”
He added that hospitals in other countries are using a similar approach to deal with the Ebola outbreak.
“If we see that the government decides to open the hospital, we will help them with the costs.
If the government chooses to open a hospital, then we will do everything we can to help them,” Marquez said.
The hospital is one step in the government’s efforts to create an Ebola hospital that can be staffed and staffed with doctors, nurses and other health workers, said Dr Marquez.
But Marquez added that the health ministry is also working with the local government to expand the hospital to include other hospitals in the region and in Manila itself.
For now, the hospital has no name.
It will be named the “Korea Veterans Hospital” but the exact location and its opening date have yet to be announced.
The Philippines is already home to many Ebola hospitals, with some operating on patients in isolation in isolation units.
The country has also seen some success in isolating some of the country’s hardest-hit residents, such as the Zamboanga City area where a new Ebola hospital is under construction.
“I think we have a lot of opportunities for us to improve our capacity to treat these people in isolation,” Marus said.
But there are no clear plans to open Ebola hospitals in any of the countries with more than 1 million Ebola patients.