The Office of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano continued its mission of providing medical assistance to Filipinos under the DOH Medical Assistance to Indigents Patients Program (DOH-MAIPP), this time helping more than 60 patients admitted at the Western Pangasinan District Hospital (WPDH) with their hospital bills.
In partnership with the DOH Center for Health Development Region 1 and in coordination Alaminos City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste and WPDH Chief of Hospital Dr. Susan Rita P. Meriño, a medical assistance desk was set up at the hospital recently to help its admitted patients who were mostly dealing with orthopedic, pediatric, and gastrointestinal problems.
A number of vehicular accident victims also received help, the youngest of whom is a 6-year-old who was admitted along with her mother for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. The mother expressed gratitude to Senator Cayetano for helping them with their hospital bill.
Pangasinan was the second stop of the medical caravan after its launch at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital on February 8, 2023.
According to its official Facebook Page — Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano Tulong-Medikal — the program will continue to set up medical desks in various hospitals nationwide to help more Filipinos in need of medical assistance.
Cayetano, a veteran senator, had established a medical assistance program early in his public service with the end goal of helping poor Filipinos who have little to no out-of-pocket expenses for basic medical care and medicine.
In his return to the Senate last year, Cayetano authored several health-related bills such as the Barangay Health Centers Act (Senate Bill No. 303), Super Health Centers in All Cities and Municipalities (Senate Bill No. 304), the Health Passport System Act (Senate Bill No. 60), the Mahal ko, Barangay Health Worker Ko Law (Senate Bill No. 68), and the Floating Hospitals Act (Senate Bill No. 305).
Since October 2022, Cayetano’s office has extended medical assistance to more than a thousand patients from all over the country.