Saturday, March 4, 2017

WATCH: Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City

Lingap para sa Mahirap is a program by the City Government of Davao which provide varieties of health assistance such as hospital financial assistance, funeral/burial assistance and pharmaceutical assistance.
Key program components

Hospitalization assistance is provided mainly at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), a retained Department of Health (DOH) hospital. Services provided at the SPMC for qualified indigents include medical support (inpatient hospitalization, medicines, medical supplies, laboratory exams including ultrasound, x-ray, and CT-scan), permanent family planning methods (vasectomy and tubal ligation), and outpatient and emergency cases, as guided by the social worker on duty at the hospital. Hospitalization assistance benefits can also be availed at private hospitals if services at SPMC are not available. The Lingap program negotiates what it pays to these hospitals in the form of health service contracts. Pharmaceutical assistance is also given to the poor and is operated as a voucher program involving private drugstores. Poor patients are given stubs to claim their medicines at any MurangGamot-affiliated drugstores or at the SPMC hospital.

In July 2001, the Lingap para sa Mahirap program was initiated by former City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Today, it is handled by City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte- Carpio.

Health output:

From Jan to Dec 2011:

Provided a total of 13,136 services to 12,313 people. This included 6,983 funeral bills, 2362 Hospital bills, 196 Ligations, 41 vasectomies, 823 referrals

From Jan to Sept 2011:

Covered 1020 hospital bills and 30 funeral bills for dengue patients




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