The Malasakit Center, a program that aims to serve as a one-stop-shop delivery of medical services for indigent patients, opened its 66th center at the Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital in Brgy. Jagobiao, Mandaue City.
A P5-M check was also turned over by the Office of the President through the Department of Health (DOH) Region 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas.
Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go was the guest of honor during the said launch.
He emphasized the benefits of having institutionalized Malasakit Centers in the country and how more Filipino are able to access quality health care without the hassle of queuing in long lines.
Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop for indigent and financially incapacitated patients who need medical and financial assistances from relevant government agencies, specifically the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
It aims to make the process more accessible and convenient for Filipinos who are seeking financial and medical assistance from the government.
The program seeks to bring down to the lowest amount possible, if not zero balance, the total medical expenses of poor and indigent patients.
The enactment of Republic Act (RA) No. 11463 or the Malasakit Center Act in December 2019 provided a more stringent implementation and efficient streamlining of the budget for medical assistance.
Eversley Hospital is seen to accommodate more patients now that they are able to discharge more patients due to faster transactions.
Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center was the first to establish a Malasakit Center in Cebu in February 2018.
Meanwhile, the senator also visited and distributed financial and relief aid to the victims of fire incidents that recently hit barangays Luz, Kasambagan, Duljo Fatima, and T. Padilla in Cebu City.
He also extended similar assistances to the fire victims in barangays Tabok and Centro in Mandaue City. (Patty Candaza, PIA)