Misamis Oriental’s health care program reaches out to the poorest of the poor

November 5, 2014 12:39 am 

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Nov. 4 –- The Misamis Oriental health care services or (MisOr CareS) has already reached the province’s poorest of the poor, Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said Tuesday.

Barely four months since the MisOr CareS health care program kick off in July 2014, more than 120,000 actual provincial constituents have already benefited from the program, Emano said.

The figure includes 61,620 beneficiaries given free medicines, 45,541 outside patients, 5,200 admitted patients, 16,000 extended free laboratory services and 341 provided free blood.

“We could not imagine where have all the 120,000 patients gone without the MisOr CareS program of the provincial government,” Emano told provincial employees during a weekly flag-raising ceremony here.

The need to provide accessible and affordable health care services to the province’s poorest of the poor led to the birth of MisOr CareS health care program at the time when PhilHealth blacklisted the province for failure to pay the more than P244 million PhilHealth debt, he said.

Emano blamed the previous administration of Governor Oscar Moreno, (now Cagayan De Oro City Mayor), for draining the provincial coffers before leaving with a P1.2-billion debt that includes the P244-million debt to PhilHealth.

“I have to talk to PhilHealth to give the province enough time to settle the debt while at the same time adopt an innovative program that could efficiently address the health needs of provincial residents,” Emano said.

He said that the MisOr CareS is service oriented rather than profit-oriented because the program is designed to provide basic health and social services to the deprived and destitute.

The social services package of MisOr CareS already provided a total of 586 death assistance which comprises free embalming, free transportation and free coffin as of end October 2014, Emano said. (PNA)

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