Sen. Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III has allocated P2 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for medicines and hospitalization of poor patients at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
The P2-million medical assistance will cover the medical expenses of the qualified indigent patients who will be identified by Cebu City Councilor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña.
The medical program will be on top of the City’s Hospitalization and Medical Program where the city’s indigents get a maximum of P5,000 worth of medicines and P25,000 for hospitalization.
Under the proposed memorandum of agreement (MOA) between Senator Osmeña and the Cebu City Government, it will be Councilor Margot Osmena who will identify and recommend patients who may avail of the medical assistance, as well as sign referral letters.
The medical assistance will cover payments for drugs and medicines, laboratory, other medical and diagnostic procedures, and other incidental expenses required for the treatment of a patient, specifically available at CCMC.
When the patient is admitted and some medicines are not available at the hospital’s pharmacy, the MOA provides that the medicines could be purchased from other drug stores chargeable against the P2-million fund.
The medicines may be purchased directly from other pharmacies by the patient or by the senator’s representatives.
In case of breakdown of machines and other facilities or when there are no facilities available so that procedures could not be done at CCMC, the patient may have the procedure done outside of the city-owned facility.
The expenses to be incurred will be reimbursed, which will be taken from the P2-million fund.
The senator or his authorized representative will be the one to issue the letter authorizing the reimbursement.