Pres. Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11463 yesterday seeking to establish Malasakit Centers in all government hospitals nationwide thereby institutionalizing the advocacy of Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
The Department of Health (DoH) welcomed the signing of the law. The President also signed the bill postponing the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections scheduled for May next year.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop for indigent patients in efficiently accessing financial medical assistance from agencies such as PhilHealth, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“We are glad we now have this law that truly reflects the Duterte administration’s brand of people-centered service delivery. We guarantee our patients needing medical assistance that they will be treated with compassion, dignity, respect and “malasakit” (care). This complements our implementation of the Universal Health Care law,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
74 hubs ready
Currently, a total of 74 Malasakit Centers were established nationwide with 45 centers in DOH hospitals, 28 centers in local government-operated hospitals and one center in the Philippine General Hospital.
“The long lines and tedious processes for availment of financial medical assistance will be things of the past. Ultimately, our goal under UHC is to ensure that every Filipino is protected from financial risks of healthcare. The establishment of the Malasakit Program and Centers in our government hospitals takes us closer to this goal,” the DoH chief noted.