TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – A total of 88,683 indigent patients have so far been accommodated by the Malasakit Center at the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC), an official said on Thursday.
Chery Villan, a medical social worker who is in charge of the Malasakit Center, said since its establishment in 2018, a total of PHP479 million was used to support the medical needs of the patients.
She added that the center catered to both coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and non-Covid patients.
“If it is a Covid-19 case, we have a special scheme for them to avoid exposure. We have set up a system where their bill will automatically be processed and they will have zero billing,” Villan said in an interview.
She also assured that they have enough funds for the Malasakit program under the Medical Assistance to Indigent Patients (MAIP) program of the Office of the President.
During his visit to DRMC, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, Committee on Health and Demography chair and main author of the law that mandates the establishment of Malasakit Centers, said: “This is for the Filipinos. We want to extend further help to them thru the Malasakit Centers. We hope that you will continue to support it even if the term of President Duterte ends.”
He also urged the Filipinos to avail themselves of its services to attain zero billing.
Under Republic Act 11463 or the Malasakit Center Act of 2019, public hospitals run by local government units may also have their own Malasakit Centers provided they meet the standards and criteria set by its implementing rules and regulations. (PNA)