A total 56,624 patients had been admitted to the Medical Assistance for Indigents Program of the Department of Health in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) from January to December of 2019.
There are 51,516 regular patients granted and 5,108 Dengvaxia patients provided with medical assistance with a total of P144,942,786.05 and P7,773,819.04, respectively.
Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said the beneficiaries of MAIP will now have more options where to get medical treatment as more private hospitals in the region are now committed to provide medical treatment to indigent patients through the medical assistance program.
“Medical assistance is not only the giving of money or financial assistance to the needy. What is important here is taking care of them from hospitalization until they can be treated and can return to their houses,” said Janairo.
Janairo further said this was not only for the poor. He said government employees can also be assisted and those facing crisis and needing financial help for their medication.
The regional office continues to monitor students who received the Dengvaxia vaccine and provide medical assistance to those needing medical treatment.
Janairo disclosed that Dengvaxia vaccinees will continue to be observed and assessed for two more years to be able to know the adverse reactions as a result of the vaccination done in 2016.