Marikina gives poor residents P100K med aid

July 11, 2019
Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro

THE local government unit (LGU) of Marikina City provides a maximum P100,000 medical assistance to each resident in dire need, Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro said.

Mayor Teodoro said they have people that go to hospitals to settle the bills of residents who do not have the capability to pay their hospitalization.

“We send people to accompany residents seeking medical help. The Marikina LGU is committed to help our residents who are incapable of paying for hospitalization and medicines,” he said.

Marikina residents who cannot pay their hospital bills can go to my office every Monday to ask for my help, the mayor said.

Naaawa ako sa mga taong nangangailangan. If sa ibang LGU mababa ang binibigay nila, dito sa Marikina ay hindi ganoon. Hanggang sa P100,000 ang tulong na pinapaabot namin sa mga nangangailangan na residente,” said Mayor Teodoro.

The mayor revealed that the health benefits of Marikina residents, especially senior citizens, will soon get a boost.

“We are now coordinating with the local government of Makati City to imitate their health care system,” Mayor Teodoro said.

Once Marikina City emulates Makati’s Health Plus Program (MHP) or Yellow Card, Marikina residents and their registered dependents will be entitled to free outpatient consultation and subsidized hospitalization and diagnostic tests.

Moreover, they can also be referred to partner-facilities to avail themselves of specialized medical and diagnostic services by just using their Yellow Card.

Marikina residents can also enjoy free medicines, including maintenance medicines for hypertension, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases, distributed through eight pharmacy outlets in strategic locations throughout the city.

Currently, there are around 50,000 senior citizens in Marikina that will benefit from the aforementioned program.

Mayor Teodoro said healthcare for the residents of Marikina is one of his top priorities, saying his administration will exhaust all efforts to provide quality and accessible healthcare to his constituents.

“The commitment of Marikina City is to provide accessible and quality healthcare services for all,” the mayor stressed.