LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The provincial board has unanimously approved during its regular session on July 30, a consolidated resolution—Provincial Resolution No. 1736-2018—that authorized Gov. Amado I. Espino III to enter and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Health-Regional Health Office 1 and the Western Pangasinan District Hospital and the Urdaneta District Hospital for the implementation of the Medical Assistance Program (MAP)
Authored by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario, the resolution partly noted that the “DOH regional office shall transfer funds for medical assistance directly to the hospital with an initial seed capital amount of P2, 250, 000.00.”
As embodied in the resolution, “the DOH has chosen the province through the district hospitals to be one of the provincial government hospitals to facilitate the implementation of the MAP.”
MAP is a program of the health department intended to provide financial support to indigent and poor patients seeking medical examination, consultation, consultation, treatment and rehabilitation and those confined in government health facilities.
As such, BM Rosario disclosed that the other provincial government hospitals will also implement the program in the coming days.
Under the MOA, the following are the responsibilities of the hospitals: 1) Facilitate the implementation of MAP through adequate assessment and evaluation of patients for their eligibility and consequently approve request within authorized amount as stated in the AO No. 2017-0003; 2) Ensure availability of medicines, and other health care services needed by the indigent and poor patients in accordance to the revised implementing guidelines of MAP; 3) Ensure that in no case shall the grant of assistance to eligible patients be delegated and/or transferred to a non-governmental organization, people’s organization or other similar organizations, and; 4) Submit monthly liquidation report every 5th of the following month to the First Party (DOH) reflecting the list of patients, type of health care services and actual amount of medical assistance provided the report shall be signed by the Chief accountant or his equivalent and approved by the Chief of Hospital; 5) Ensure compliance of the Second Party in the implementing guidelines particularly on the fund administration and authorization; 6) Ensure the process of patients personal sensitive information in accordance with the Data Privacy Act (DPA). (Ruby R. Bernardino)