Pangasinan eyes more medical aid for indigent patients


Hospitalized indigent Pangasinenses will soon enjoy more medical financial assistance from the national government through the Department of Health (DOH) and the provincial government.

This after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino III to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the DOH Center for Health Development Ilocos Region (CHD-1) for the implementation of the Medical Assistance for Indigent Patient (MAIP) program.

SP’s Resolution No. 2187-2021, authored by Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario, stipulates that the MAIP program will be initially implemented in two provincial government hospitals —the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) in San Carlos City and the Lingayen District Hospital (LDH).

In an interview on Thursday, Rosario said the DOH launched the MAIP program extending additional financial support for indigent and unfortunate patients requiring medical examination, consultation, treatment, rehabilitation, and admission in government hospitals.

He said the two pilot hospitals will begin the program with an initial PHP2.5-million budget.

“The PHP 2.27 million will be allotted for the PPH, while PHP198,000 will be set for the LDH,” he added.

The provincial government of Pangasinan will implement the MAIP program by conducting thorough patients’ assessment and evaluation to determine their eligibility.

Once eligible, a budget will be approved for release as per DOH Administrative Order No. 2017-0003, or the guidelines for the program implementation.

Meanwhile, medical supplies, healthcare services, and medicines needed by the indigent patient will be subject to the MAIP program implementing guidelines.

After the signing of the MOA, the DOH-CHD-1 is required to conduct periodic examinations to ensure the program guidelines are being followed.

Source: Philippines News Agency