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Go assures poor and indigent Filipinos priority in Malasakit Centers

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go assured the poor and indigent patients that they will be given priority in Malasakit Centers nationwide. 

The country’s 82nd Malasakit Center was launched on Friday at the Southern Isabela Medical Center, a COVID-19 designated hospital, in Santiago City, Isabela.

It is the second Malasakit Center in the said province and the third in Region 2.

In his speech given through a video call, Go explained that Malasakit Centers are one-stop shops that host concerned government agencies with programs that provide financial and medical assistance to Filipino patients, particularly the poor and indigent.

“Lapitan ninyo lang ang Malasakit Centers para sa mga pangangailangan ninyong pangkalusugan. Para po ito sa lahat ng mga Pilipino, lalo na ang mga mahihirap na nangangailangan ng tulong sa pampagamot. Sisiguraduhin natin na pagdating sa serbisyo mula sa gobyerno, sila ang ating uunahin palagi,” he added.

Speaking to the hospital’s personnel and local officials, Go called for special attention to the community’s most vulnerable members and urged authorities to prioritize the welfare of poor and indigent patients.

“Isa lang po ang ipinagbibilin ko at pakiusap ko sa ating health workers natin diyan, sa mga doctors, administrator ng ospital, unahin po natin ‘yung mga mahihirap at mga wala pong ibang matakbuhan, ito po ‘yung panahon na hirap na hirap na sila at humihingi ng tulong. Unahin natin at palaging protektahan ang kapakanan nila,” said Go.

The Malasakit Center, a brainchild of Go, is a one-stop shop wherein patients may seek financial and medical assistance from various government agencies, namely the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

“Ngayon na may COVID-19, mas lalong kailangan po ang Malasakit Center para tumulong sa mga kababayan natin. Hindi na nila kailangan lumabas pa ng ospital at pumila sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno hanggang madaling araw pa at d’un po nagkakahawa-hawaan. Sa Malasakit Center, isang opisina nalang na nasa ospital mismo ang pupuntahan nila,” explained Go.

The Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 was signed into law by President Duterte last December 3, 2019. It seeks to make all existing government medical and financial assistance programs easily accessible by putting together the concerned agencies under one roof.

The measure also aims to bring down to the lowest amount possible the hospital bills of patients seeking the center’s services.

“Ngayon, mabilis na po ang proseso natin sa pagbibigay ng tulong. Hindi tulad noong unang panahon na palaboy-laboy pa sila. Hahanapin pa nila ang DSWD. Sa susunod na araw, hahanapin nila ang DOH, PhilHealth at PCSO. Ubos ‘yung panahon nila, ubos pa ‘yung pamasahe nila sa kakapila para humingi ng tulong,” said Go.

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