THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released P20.19 million to seven hospitals to expand the medical support for patients admitted in the Charity Section.
PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said the program allocates funding support directly to government hospitals and non-government offices as part of the agency’s endowment fund program.
Of the P20.19 million, P5 million was donated to Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center; P1 million to Camp Aquino Station Hospital-Northern Luzon Command; P2.190 million to White Cross Children’s Home Hospital; P5 million to West Visayas State University Medical Center; P3 million to Benguet General Hospital; P3 million to Sulu Provincial Hospital; and P1 million to Tamparan District Hospital.
The funds directly proceed to the health facility to be utilized for a period of one year from the release of the fund.
“Beneficiary hospitals should submit their liquidation report within the prescribed period. We have measures to monitor the utilization of our funds. We are a generous giver, but our beneficiaries must make sure they utilize the fund properly and it will really benefit the poorest of the poor,” reminded Balutan.
At present, the agency is awaiting the enactment of the Universal Health Care bill, which will ensure all Filipinos of access to quality and affordable medicines.
With that, PCSO’s whole Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) and the EF, which is included in the 30 percent overall Charity Fund, shall be transferred to Philhealth.
The proposed system is the remittance of PCSO contribution to PhilHealth is on a quarterly basis. The agency is set to remit P6 billion or more to PhilHealth annually.
The IMAP is the flagship project of PCSO that comprises services such as financial assistance for hospital bill, chemo/radiation and dialysis treatments and other medical services to patients that needs immediate financial assistance.
PCSO services under its institutional partnership program would be retained such as the ambulance donation, calamity assistance, capability building for regional health units, medicines procurement, the Integrated Health for Overall Productivity and Empowerment (I-HOPE), endowment fund, among others. This comprises 60 percent of the charity fund.