Prior to the establishment of Malasakit Centers, indigents had to fill up multiple documents and go to separate government offices to lessen their medical expenses which is a tedious process.
The Malasakit Center simplifies the process of availing all subsidies from the following government agencies.
- Department of Health
- Department of Social Welfare and Development
- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office
- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation
There is a total of 129 Malasakit Centers that were established as of July 2021. More centers will be opened in the country soon.
Malasakit Center Process
For in-patients, go to the Billing Section of the hospital and ask for an assessment of your billing and for a medical abstract. Bring this 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 and direct you to the Philhealth desk for coverage. If you are not a Philhealth member, you will be automatically given membership.
If the amount covered by Philhealth is insufficient, you will then be directed to PCSO and DOH within the Malasakit center who will get the additional fund from the Presidential Social Fund (PSF).
The assistance will not be in cash but in a form of a document that gives you the funding for your hospital bills. Just present it to the hospital billing section and it will be deducted from your bill.
A patient may avail of up to P50,000 from the Presidential Social Fund or PSF depending on the assessment coming from the different government agencies.
Malasakit Center also maintains a database system for efficient gathering and retrieval of patient’s information. An express lane for persons with disabilities (PWD) and senior citizens is also available at the facility. Outpatients may also avail of assistance for their medical checkups and medicines.
(Photos taken from Malasakit Center Philippines Fb page)