For the service of indigent patients
The highest expression of charity is the provision of funds to save life and limbs. This makes funding state hospital and other public medical institutions a primary or priority mission for a government-owned and controlled charitable entity.
For is there a more noble mission than fixing broken limbs, binding up wounds, and preserving the lives of the sick?
The humanitarian mission is made even more compelling when the intended or targeted beneficiaries of cash grants are the poor who hardly enjoy health and medical care.
And so apparently living up to its lofty name…[pq]…the Board of Directors of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office recently approved the requests of 63 public hospitals for endowment funds for 2014, making available P66.2 million for their indigent patients.[/pq]
PCSO vice chairman and general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II said the amounts ranged from P300,000 to P5 million, depending on bed capacity, services offered, and other factors.
The other members of the PCSO Board whose collective decision made the endowment possible are Betty Nantes and lawyers Aleta Tolentino, Mabel Villarica-Mamba, and Francisco Manuel Joaquin III.
Receiving P3 million each are East Avenue Medical Center (Quezon City) and Baguio City General Hospital and Medical Center; and P2.5 million each, Lung Center of the Philippines (Quezon City), National Children’s Hospital (Quezon City), Philippine Children’s Medical Center (Quezon City), Tondo Medical Center (Manila), and Davao Regional Hospital (Tagum City).
To receive P2 million each are Amang Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (Marikina City) and Bataan General Hospital (Balanga), and P1.5 million, Caraga Regional Hospital (Surigao City).
The Philippine General Hospital is to receive P5 million, Caloocan City Medical Center, P1 million, and Sta. Ana Hospital, P1 million.
The 48 other public hospitals in Regions I to XII as well as the Cordillera Autonomous Region, Caraga Region, and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, and two others in Metro Manila are to receive amounts varying from P1.5 million to P300,000.
While the amount granted to each state medifal facility may not make a dramatic dent on on its ability to cater to a burgeoning indigent patient population, the sum would go a long way in sustaining their noble mission.
After all, Congress provides government hospitals their annual budgets as recommended by the DoH.
– DFF, Medical Observer