Malasakit Center: One-stop-shop for medical assistance

By | January 17, 2021

Malasakit Center makes getting financial assistance easier as it brings multiple government agencies under one roof. Check here for complete details and requirements about this great initiative.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop-shop for medical financial assistance primarily located in the Department of Health’s retained hospitals. The center houses desk representatives from government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and the DOH.

These agencies will facilitate a smooth transaction of the needed medical assistance from the government of patients. The Center eliminates the need of going back-and-forth in different government offices for financial assistance.

‘Malasakit Center by Bong Go’

Republic Act 11463 otherwise known as the “Malasakit Centers Act of 2019” is the enabling law for the establishment of the centers in all DOH-run hospitals all over the country and at the Philippine General Hospital.

Malasakit Center by Bong Go.

Senator Bong Go is the brains behind the Malasakit Center project.

Other hospitals run by local government units and other public hospitals may also establish their own Malasakit Centers provided that they meet a standard set of criteria and guarantee the availability of funds for the operation of their centers, including maintenance, personnel, and staff training, among others.

The one-stop-shop is frequently called as Malasakit Center by Bong Go as a nod to the Senator who pushed for its implementation. Senator Go started its implementation when he was still a Special Assistant to the President. Then when he became Senator in 2019, Go endeavored to pass a law that institutionalized the center. He was also appointed as chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography which helped in a fast approval of the measure.

Malasakit Center Requirements and Process

For in-patients, you have to go to the Billing Section of the hospital to ask for an assessment of your fees/billing. Also, ask for a medical abstract and bring it to the Malasakit Center.

In the center, you will be asked to fill up the Malasakit Unified Form to request medical assistance. The social worker in the center will assist you and direct you to the Philhealth desk for coverage. If you are not a Philhealth member, you will be automatically be given membership. Next, you will be directed to PCSO, DOH, hospital desks for additional assistance.

Process in asking assistance from the Malasakit Center.

Steps and processes in asking assistance from the Malasakit Center.

Funding for Malasakit Center assistance is taken from the Presidential Social Fund (PSF). A patient may avail of up to P50,000 from the PSF, aside from assistance given by other government agencies based on their assessments.

The assistance will not be given in cash, but through a document that will give you funding for your hospital bills. Just present it to the hospital billing and it will be automatically deducted from your fees.

Malasakit Center also maintains a database which makes it easier for them to gather and retrieve patient information. The processes are also electronic-based, boosting their efficiency and responsiveness.

An express lane for persons with disabilities and senior citizens is also available at the facility. Also, outpatients may also avail of assistance for their medical checkups, medicines, etc.

List of Hospitals with Malasakit Center

There are 98 Malasakit Centers all over the country, as of January 12, 2021. The first was built in Vicente Sotto Medical Center in Cebu and the 98th center is at Casimiro A. Ynares Sr. Memorial Hospital in Rodriguez, Rizal. Here’s the list:
1. Vicente Sotto Medical Center in Cebu
2. Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City
3. Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City
4. Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila
5. Ospital ng Palawan, Puerto Princesa City
6. Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City
7. Southern Provincial Hospital in Maasin City, Southern Leyte
8. Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) in Dumaguete City
9. Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City
10. Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBLMRH) in San Fernando City, Pampanga
11. Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) in Tagbilaran City, Bohol
12. Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Capitol Road, Cagayan de Oro City
13. Butuan Medical Center (BMC) in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte
14. Zamboanga City Medical Center in Zamboanga City
15. Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, Legazpi City
16. Cotabato Regional and Medical Center at Cotabato City
17. Provincial Hospital at Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
18. Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City
19. Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon City
20. Batangas Provincial Hospital in Lemery, Batangas

More Locations

21. Eduardo Joson Memorial Hospital in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija
22. Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital at General Santos City
23. Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City
24. Region 1 Medical Center, Dagupan City, Pangasinan
25. Malasakit Center Navotas City Hospital
26. Quezon Medical Center (QMC) in the Lucena, Quezon Province
27. Caraga Regional Hospital, Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte
28. Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial Hospital (DJPRMH) in Dapitan
29. Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center (ZMC) in Dipolog
30. Pasay City General Hospital
31. Biliran Provincial Hospital in Naval, Biliran
32. Northern Samar Provincial Hospital in Catarman, Northern Samar
33. Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City, Samar
34. Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center, Balanga City, Bataan
35. Siquijor Provincial Hospital in Siquijor
36. Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital in Borongan City
37. Ormoc District Hospital in Ormoc City
38. Gabriela Silang General Hospital in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
39. Bicol Medical Center in Naga City
40. Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital

More Locations

41. Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City
42. Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center in Pagadian City
43. Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital (GTLMH) in Iligan City
44. JR Borja General Hospital in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City
45. Ospital ng Parañaque
46. Novaliches District Hospital in Quezon City
47. Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City
48. Compostela Valley Provincial Hospital-main in Montevista, Compostela Valley
49. Philippine Heart Center
50. Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center
51. Philippine Children’s Hospital in Quezon City
52. Ospital ng Malabon in Malabon City
53. Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Maguindanao
54. Margarito Duavit Memorial Hospital (Rizal Provincial Hospital -Binangonan Annex) in Binangonan, Rizal
55. Antipolo City Hospital in Antipolo, Rizal
56. San Juan Medical Center in San Juan
57. Taguig-Pateros District Hospital
58. Cagayan Valley Medical Center in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
59. General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City, Cavite
60. Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

More Locations

61. Mayor Hilario A. Ramiro, Sr. Memorial Hospital in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental
62. Gov. Faustino N. Dy, Jr. Memorial Center in Ilagan City, Isabela
63. Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in Roxas City, Capiz
64. Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) in Marawi City
65. National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City
66. Eversley Child Sanitarium and General Hospital in Mandaue City, Cebu
67. Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan
68. East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City
69. Talisay District Hospital in Talisay City
70. St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital in Cebu City
71. Lapu-Lapu City Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City
72. Aurora Memorial Hospital (AMH) in Baler, Aurora
73. Romblon Provincial Hospital in Odiongan, Romblon
74. Dr. Fernando B. Duran Sr. Memorial Hospital (formerly Sorsogon Provincial Hospital) in Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
75. Occidental Mindoro Provincial Hospital in Mamburao
76. Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
77. Dr. Catalino Gallego Nava Provincial Hospital in the island province of Guimaras
78. Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital (RMMMH) in Sta. Maria, Bulacan
79. Laguna Medical Center in Santa Cruz, Laguna
80. South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) in Koranadal City

More Locations

81. Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center sa Luna, Apayao
82. Southern Isabela Medical Center in Santiago City, Isabela
83. Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital in Calapan City
84. President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital in Iba, Zambales
85. National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in Mandaluyong City
86. Oriental Provincial Medical Center in Mati City, Davao Oriental
87. Cainta Municipal Hospital in Cainta, Rizal
88. Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay, Bohol
89. Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital (DSPH) in Digos City
90. Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium in Caloocan City
91. Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in San Jose de Buenista City, Antique
92. Benguet General Hospital in La Trinidad, Benguet
93. Kapatagan Provincial Hospital in Kapatagan town, Lanao del Norte
94. Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union
95. Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City
96. Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City
97. Sulu Provincial Hospital in Jolo, Sulu
98. Casimiro A. Ynares Sr. Memorial Hospital in Rodriguez, Rizal

Malasakit Center is one of the laudable government projects as it really helps the poor and underprivileged Filipinos who struggle financially when they are sick. We hope that the center will be opened in more hospitals in the country.

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