A MEMORANDUM of agreement was signed by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav) and other government agencies and partner-hospitals to launch Malasakit Centers that will provide medical assistance to patients.
Patients who have difficulties in paying their hospital bills and maintaining their medication will get help from government agencies fast through the Malasakit Centers. Processing their requests will be easier and funding will be provided for their needs.
“With this Malasakit Center, you wil no longer see a patient’s relatives weeping because of so much burden in paperwork for admission, medical procedure, medication, and discharge by going to different offices. A center will now take care of it,” said Michael Dino, presidential assistant for the Visayas, in a press release.
Due to the requests for medical assistance in the Visayas region, the Opav and government agencies such as the Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Department of Social Welfare and Development alongside with the pilot hospitals who will have the Malasakit Centers decided to initiate this center to answer the needs of patients, especially those who cannot pay for their hospitalization and medication bills.
Malasakit Centers will be located in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital, Talisay District Hospital, and Eversley Childs Hospital, all located in Cebu, and Gallares Hospital and Del Valle Hospital in Bohol.
Malasakit Centers will be launched on Dec. 8. Construction work for the centers will begin by the third week of November. (USC Intern Jaziel Calumpag)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on November 11, 2017.
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