Medical assistance for indigent patients (MAIP) program will soon be implemented in six provincial government hospitals of Pangasinan.
This developed after the Pangasinan Provincial Board in its web-based/online session on May 31, approved Provincial Resolution No. 2425-2021 which authorized Governor Amado I. Espino III, to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Health Center for Health Development-1 (DOH CHD-1) for the implementation of the program.
As stated in the resolution which was sponsored by SP Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario, the six hospitals wherein the program will be implemented, include: the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH), Pozorrubio Community Hospital (PCH), Dasol Community Hospital (DCH), Bolinao Community Hospital (BCH), Lingayen District Hospital (LDH) and Mangatarem District Hospital (MDH).
MAIP is a DOH-program intended to provide financial support to indigent and poor patients seeking medical examination, consultation, treatment and rehabilitation and those confined in government hospitals.
“The Department of Health Center for Health Development-1 (DOH CHD-1) has chosen the Province of Pangasinan to facilitate the implementation of the Medical Assistance for Indigent Patient (MAIP) Program,” the resolution stated.
As such, the program which has a total budget of P3,762,000 will be allocated in the six health facilities, as follows: Pangasinan Provincial Hospital- P1,782,000.00; Pozorrubio Community Hospiatl- P247,500.00; Dasol Community Hospital- P297,000.00; Bolinao Community Hospital- P693,000.00; Lingayen District Hospital- P643,500.00; and, Mangatarem District Hospital- P99,000.00.
The program is in pursuant to Republic Act No. 11518, otherwise known as the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 wherein a total of P20,550,000.00 have been allocated by the health department intended as assistance to indigent and poor Filipinos.
By Ruby R. Bernardino