DSWD Sec Taguiwalo: Free Medicines For Poor Patients Now Ready To Avail
According to DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, the poor patients can as of now benefit of free medicines regardless of the possibility that the P1 billion help has yet to be given to the Welfare office.
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“The P1 billion has not been downloaded to the department but we have already started it (giving of free medicine). If there is a valid prescription and an indigent needs it, the department will find a way to give it.” Taguiwalo said.
“We know that issues about medicines spell out life and death, especially among our poor,” she added.
The government will give letters so that the drugs store will give them free medicines.
Read the list of hospitals that have signed the agreement with DSWD:
*University of the Philippines
*Philippine General Hospital
*Jose B. Lingad General Hospital in Pampanga
*Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City
*Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu
*Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao
*Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum
“There will be guidelines and safeguards to ensure that prescriptions are valid but at the same time, we do not want to make it hard for patients. We will coordinate with hospitals to help those in the charity ward who cannot buy medicines,” Taguiwalo said.
“Hopefully, we can implement it by the start of the next year,” she added.
She cited that it is faster to approve if the medications would cost P5,000 or below.
“Immediately ho kapag P5,000 ang worth ng reseta or below kaya ho naming ma-process iyan kaagad,” taguiwalo said.
"Maximum allowable assistance that a social worker or the authorized personnel may recommend is only up to 25,000 pesos. However, in extremely justifiable cases, the amount of assistance beyond P25,000 but not to exceed P75,000 may be granted subject to the approval of the assistant secretary for protective programs for DSWD Central Office or the regional director for DSWD field office," she said.
She also said that the free medicines can availed of every three months.
“Our problem is how to deal with those that require dialysis or chemotherapy. We will have to address that,” Taguiwalo said.
“There will be guidelines and safeguards to ensure that prescriptions are valid bit at the same time, we do not want to make it hard for patients. We will coordinate with hospitals to help those in the charity ward who cannot buy medicines,” she added.
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