“Ang layunin natin ay mapagserbisyuhan, maalagaan, magamot, at mailigtas ang ating mga kababayan,” said Governor Abet Garcia during the meeting with the chiefs of hospitals and dialysis-related medical practitioners in Bataan aimed at arriving at a more efficient system in the processing of Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients (MAIP) yesterday, March 30 at The Bunker.
Gov. Abet bared his desire of bringing the medical assistance program closer to the people by building more 1Bataan Malasakit Dialysis Assistance (1BMDA) centers in district hospitals and highly-populated municipalities in the province to spare the patients needing assistance long travels.
Furthermore, with the limitations in face-to-face transactions due to the threat of COVID-19, the 1BMDA will accept digital documents from the hospital so that patients need not go back and forth for signatures and other documents required for the granting of medical assistance.
The good governor likewise requested the support and cooperation of private hospitals by accepting government-issued financial assistance in the form of guarantee letters as displaced workers affected by the crisis brought about by the pandemic are also in need during these trying times.
In response to the issue raised during said meeting that there are patients who are forced to go to hospitals outside Bataan in search for medical specialists for their illness, Gov. Abet said that he is looking into the possibility of hiring additional medical specialists to attend to this.
In a related development, Mariveles District Hospital (MDH) Chief Dr. Hector Santos reported that the application for license of the second RT-PCR Laboratory in MDH is nearing approval and could accommodate private hospitals through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
Gov. Abet took the opportunity to thank all medical front liners in the province saying that they are the heroes of this generation; that taking care of patients despite the threat of the virus to their health is an immeasurable sacrifice.