To make it more convenient for Filipinos to get medical assistance from the government, the Department of Health launched a ‘Malasakit’ Center at the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila over the weekend.
The DoH, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development signed a joint administrative order that provides for the establishment of a one-stop shop for the various government agencies that extend financial assistance for medical care.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Malasakit Center will allow patients to avail of government services under one roof to get the financial assistance they need faster.
“This is part of the President’s promise to bring services and health services closer to our people,” he said.
If, for example, a patient cannot pay the hospital bill beyond what PhilHealth can offer—as in the case of some diseases such as cancer or renal disease that need transplant—the member can ask for financial assistance from PCSO or DoH through its Medical Assistance to Indigent Patients Program, Duque said.
Duque said other Malasakit Centers will be opened in DoH-retained hospitals in Metro Manila, including East Avenue Medical Center and Rizal Medical Center.