COTABATO CITY—A total of 8,552 indigent Bangsamoro received medical support from Ayudang Medikal mula sa Bangsamoro Government (AMBAG) Program of the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) since its implementation in November 2019.
Approximately Php73 Million was transferred to 11 AMBAG partner hospitals in the region to subsidize the hospital and medical expenses of Bangsamoro patients which are not covered by PhilHealth and other medical assistance programs.
“Ayon sa pinakahuling datos mula sa Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), limamput tatlong porsyento (53%) ng mga pamilya sa rehiyon ang maituturing na mahirap. Liban pa rito, halos limampung porsyento (50%) lamang ng mga mamamayan ng dating ARMM ang may PhilHealth insurance,” said Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim.
“Ito ay ilan lamang sa mga dahilan kung bakit minabuti ng Bangsamoro Government na itatag ang AMBAG o Ayudang Medikal mula sa Bangsamoro Government. Ito ay naglalayong magbigay tulong sa ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga bayaring medikal,” he added.
The establishment of AMBAG was BARMM’s response to the pressing public and economic challenges in the region and this includes medical services.
It includes confinement, medicines, dialysis, implant, laboratory, radiation therapy, medical devices, assistive devices, non-and minimal procedures, transplant, rehabilitative therapy, and surgical supplies.
After its introduction last year, BARMM hopes to widen AMBAG’s reach and plans to add partner hospitals within and outside the Bangsamoro region to ensure that indigent Bangsamoro and non-Moro residents of BARMM receive necessary medical assistance.
“Malayo na ang narating ng AMBAG ngunit malayo pa ang ating inaasam na maaabot nito lalo na sa mga kababayan nating patuloy na nahihirapan sa mga bayarin sa ospital o ano pa mang pangangailangang medikal,” Ebrahim said.
Collaboration with potential hospitals in Cotabato Province, North Cotabato, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, General Santos City and Manila is in the process. (Bureau of Public Information)
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