About P14.6 billion in government assistance have been received by 1.4 million patient beneficiaries from the Malasakit Center program in 2022.
The Department of Health (DOH) said since the first Malasakit Center was established in February 2018 up to the present, the program has made it more accessible for poor and indigent Filipinos to avail of medical assistance from the government.
DOH’s Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients (MAIP) Program alone, which can also be availed in any of the Malasakit Centers, has helped 7,481,333 patients with a total budget of P50.8 billion.
Senator and chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography Christopher “Bong” Go hailed the DOH report.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where poor and indigent patients can conveniently apply for medical assistance from the DOH, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
“To date, we have 153 Malasakit Centers nationwide since 2018 and this became a law in 2019,” Go said.
The health department also said that efforts are being made to broaden the scope of assistance available in Malasakit Centers to include, among other things, outpatient drug benefits.
It also stated that PhilHealth, the country’s state-run health insurer, is strengthening its financing strategies to prevent patients from having to pay out-of-pocket costs. Macon Ramos-Araneta