15K AVAIL LINGAP

The pro­gram aims to give a zero billing on hospi­tal bills on pa­tients ad­mit­ted on pub­lic hos­pi­tals bas­ing on in­di­gence level.

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - BY LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR / Re­porter

The city gov­ern­ment of Davao said that a to­tal of 15,000 pa­tients in the city availed the Lingap pro­gram from July to Septem­ber 2018.

Dur­ing the i-Speak me­dia fo­rum yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 2018, Josephine Mi­taran, of­fi­cer-in-charge of Lingap South­ern Philip­pines Med­i­cal Cen­ter (SPMC), said that if the pa­tient is a res­i­dent of the Davao City, they will au­to­mat­i­cally avail Lingap Para sa Mahi­rap Pro­gram and Malasakit Pro­gram of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

“Sw­erte gyud ta na mga taga-Davao kay duha dayon ka pro­grama and atong ma avail (We are very lucky as Dabawenyos be­cause we can avail two pro­grams [med­i­cal as­sis­tance]),” Mi­taran said.

The pro­gram aims to give a zero billing on hospi­tal bills on pa­tients ad­mit­ted on pub­lic hos­pi­tals bas­ing on in­di­gence level.

For Caraga, Zam­boanga Penin­sula, Socc­sksar­gen, and Northern Min­danao, the gov­ern­ment al­ready catered 49,000 pa­tients, Mi­taran, how­ever said they will now fo­cus for a Min­danao-wide cov­er­age to avoid dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Mi­taran also said the Lingap pro­gram will be lo­cated on a one-stop-shop build­ing to give a more con­ve­nient ser­vice.

“Para ni mata­ban­gan ang mga tao na makatipid ug time [ug] pa­masahe (This is in or­der for the peo­ple ap­ply­ing for the pro­gram to lessen their ex­penses on fares and time),” Mi­taran said.

The build­ing is ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of the year. It is lo­cated within the com­pound of SPMC.

There is no need for barangay of­fi­cials to as­sist those ap­ply­ing for the pro­gram as long as there is an en­dorse­ment let­ter from the barangay.

Ac­cord­ing to Mi­taran, the pro­gram was de­signed to be less has­sle for the pub­lic in terms of re­quire­ments as they see the need for ur­gency.

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