Healthcare delivery does not end with treatment. Once the patient is discharged, there is need to monitor their condition to ensure they are on their way to full recovery.

And residents of the MIMAROPA region, who are beneficiaries of the regional health office’s Medical Assistance Program (MAP) will receive follow-through medical support as part of the treatment package, according to Health Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.

MAP beneficiaries are duly certified indigent members of the community and are entitled to receive medical support in the form of medications and other services prescribed by physicians, for free.

However, Dr Janairo stressed the regional health office that he heads is going beyond just treatment. Beneficiaries are entitled to full treatment packages, inclusive of follow-through checks.

Director Janairo shared how they have been addressing public health concerns in the region during the “First Regional Medical Assistance Program Workshop” held in Baguio City recently.

“Let us not be contented by just helping our patients. We should also establish an appropriate aftercare program to monitor indigent out-patients to find out what happened to them after they have been discharged from the health facility,” he said.

His audience was comprised of various directors of provincial hospitals, municipal health officers, representatives of legislators and social workers from the region.

The full package likewise includes patient education regarding treatment options and plans of coordination after discharge.

The package will be made possible through budget allocations which include Php 8 million for Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital, Php 2.1 million for Oriental Mindoro Southern District Hospital; Php 100,000 for Bulalacao Provincial Hospital, Php 300,000 for Pinamalayan Provincial Hospital, and Php 100,000 for Bongabong Community Hospital.

In Marinduque, a total of Php 800,000 is allocated for the Damian Reyes Provincial Hospital, while two Romblon district hospitals will each have Php 500,000, the Romblon District Hospital and Sibuyan District Hospital.

Meanwhile, in Palawan, Php 2.5 million is allocated for Ospital ng Palawan, and Php 2 million for Culion Sanitorium and General Hospital, Php 500,000 for Northern Palawan Provincial Hospital and Php 150,000 for Quezon Medicare Hospital.

However, “in case of non-availability of drugs and medicines, tests and other procedures, the concerned health facility may refer the needed services to a private health facility provided it is accredited by the DOH. Outside services will be charged against the DOH hospital,” Reg. Director Janairo clarified. MIMS

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