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City to ink MOA with DOH covering MAIP program

The city government of Cagayan de Oro will be collaborating with the Department of Health Northern Mindanao-Center for Health Development for the implementation of the Medical Assistance to Indigent Patients (MAIP) Program in the city.

This, as the 20th City Council during its regular session presided over by City Mayor Jocelyn B. Rodriguez enacted an ordinance authorizing City Mayor Rolando A. Uy to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOH NM-CHD for the purpose.

In his letter to the legislative body, Mayor Uy said the MAIP program is a pro-forma to all DOH-retained hospitals and other government hospitals nationwide intended for the marginalized clientele.

He said the J.R. Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) has been receiving allocation from the DOH for the MAIP each year, enabling it to provide free healthcare services to patients.

MAIP covers support for essential and life-saving medicines, services, and other medical products as prescribed by a licensed physician or health professional, in excess of the packages/case rates covered by PhilHealth or other financing sources.

Under the MOA, the DOH will transfer P19.6 million to the hospital for the implementation of the program; conduct monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the program; withhold two percent of the amount allocated to the LGU hospital which shall be issued by the CHD for the administrative expenses for the program.

For its part, the city government through the JRBGH shall assess and screen the eligibility of all patients thoroughly; facilitate and ensure the provision of quality assistance requests and ensure the compassionate delivery of necessary services to the MAIP beneficiaries, among others.

The MOA was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on health, nutrition, and health insurance and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Maria Lourdes S. Gaane and Edgar S. Cabanlas, respectively.

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