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DRMC assures zero billing with 2 assistance centers

November 03, 2019 - Sunday 6:11 PM by Pia Xi

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DAVAO DEL NORTE-- Patients of  Davao Regional Medical Center based in Tagum City are assured of a “zero billing” with presence of two assistance centers to write off  their hospital bills.
 
Guesting in  the Kapihan sa DavNor, DMRC Medical Center Chief, Dr. Bryan Dalid explained that the Malasakit Center of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go , and the  local executive fund of Provincial Governor Edwin Jubahib are complementing to ensure that indigent patients would go out of  the hospital free from paying any amount of bill.
 
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go inaugurated on October 21, a Malasakit Center at the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) located in Barangay Apokon, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
 
The Malasakit Center pools in one room the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients (MAIP) of Congress, and the Office of the President  through the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Finance Administration (ODESFA).
 
Though indigent patients are prioritized, privately admitted patients can  also avail of  the Malasakit Center medical assistance on special cases according to  the guidelines set in the MAIP. 
 
Private patients would have an option to avail assistance from the Local Executive Fund of the Provincial Governor Edwin Jubahib whose approval sets to whom shall the fund be granted “whether  they are indigent or patients in  private rooms”.
 
Dr. Dalid positively noted  the presence of two hospitalization/medical assistance facilities in DRMC to ensure “no billing” grant especially for indigent patients.
 
Serving patients of tertiary level medical treatment such as those admitted in intensive care unit and those for major medical operations, DRMC is a “catchment” of those coming from the provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro and CARAGA Region aside from those residing in Davao del Norte, Dalid  said.
 
Citing the presence of a Malasakit Center in addition  to Local Executive Funds of Governor Jubahib, Dr. Dalid was optimistic of  DRMC’s quality medical  services as well as enabling DRMC management to pursue further improvements of hospital buildings.
 
Long before the passage of Senate Bill No. 1076 “An Act Establishing Malasakit Centers in All Department of Health Hospitals,” proposed by Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, more than 40 Malasakit Center have been put up nationwide in government hospitals.
 
Go explained that the Malasakit Center is in support to the implementation of Republic Act No. 11223  or the ‘Universal Health Care Act” signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in February 2019.
 
Go, however, made it  clear that the Malasakit Centers will not infuse additional funds but will only bring together all government agencies providing medical assistance particularly Philhealth, PCSO, DWSD, the Office of the President  and the Legislative medical assistance. PIA XI/Jeanevive Duron-Abangan

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