MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Red Cross maintains it is not charging any amount for the blood itself when anyone needs it.
The agency stressed it is only charging patients for the “blood processing fee.”
The PRC on Thursday (September 16) issued a statement following the tirades of President Rodrigo Duterte during his Talk to the People earlier in the day questioning why the humanitarian organization is collecting fees for blood even if these are donated by volunteer donors.
In its Twitter account, the PRC Blood Services issued an infographics explaining the need for raw blood to be processed before it is stored for donation.
The PRC stressed that the collected blood in itself is given for free but the agency cited that it can charge for a certain amount as mandated by the Department of Health (DOH) Order 2015-0045.
“Nangongolekta ng blood processing fee para ilaan sa mga serbisyo at operasyon tulad ng donor recruitment, education, collection, blood testing, preparasyon ng blood products, at iba pang proseso upang masigurong ligtas ang dugong isasalin,” the PRC said in the statement.
“Sa madaling salita, ang blood processing fee ay naaayon sa polisiya ng Department of Health for cost recovery,” it added.
Also, the PRC explained that during blood donation, they have to ensure that high quality blood bags are used; effective ‘reagents’ are checked; and the collected blood is processed according to different blood components (platelets, frozen plasma, red and white blood cells, etc.).
Additionally, the PRC offers a way to waive the processing fee if the patient is an indigent.
In its post, the agency showed how much they collect for blood processing fee:
Whole blood – P1,000
Packed Red Blood Cells – P1,500
Platelet Concentrate – P1,000
Plasma – P1,000