True to his promise of helping the poor and underprivileged to have access to quality healthcare services nationwide, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally attended the launch of the 132nd Malasakit Center at Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on Saturday.
The one-stop center is the second established in the province as the first was launched on 10 July at Lianga District Hospital in Lianga.
It is also the sixth in Caraga region and 33rd Malasakit Center in Mindanao.
The senator, in his speech, reaffirmed that the government will continue to develop measures that will ensure that poor and indigent patients will continue to conveniently get the medical attention they need.
Go — who is also the Senate Committee on Health chair — expressed his concern that most Filipinos are hesitant to seek medical care as the majority of health services cost beyond their financial means.
Earlier, the senator authored and sponsored Republic Act 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act, where its primary function is to help reduce patients’ medical expenses to the lowest amount possible by covering the fees of various hospital services, such as laboratories, medicines, and surgeries.
Under the said measure, all hospitals administered and managed by the Department of Health and the Philippine General Hospital shall establish their Malasakit Centers so that low-income patients may easily avail of medical assistance offered by the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Other public hospitals may also establish their own provided they meet a standard set of criteria and guarantee the sustainability of their operations.
Meantime, the senator urged the public to participate in the national vaccination program, especially those who are part of the priority groups as the vaccines will not only boost their immunity against severe threats of the virus but getting inoculated will also help medical frontliners maintain the stability of the healthcare system amid the pandemic.