Free Medicine for the Poor
A hindrance to the full recovery of many people who are burdened by illness is the ability to buy prescription drugs due to its high cost. In this situation, the first who are affected are our indigent countrymen who are most in need of such medication, but has no money to buy them.
President Duterte is aware of this situation, that is why through the President’s Social Fund, Mr. Duterte has allotted P1-Billion to fund the program Free Medicine of DSWD.
Who are qualified to receive Free Medicine?
- Families or individuals who are poor and indigent, vulnerable, or in a disadvantaged situation.
- Those who are from the informal sector, and the poor, according to the DSWD List.
- Individuals undergoing crisis as determined by Social Workers.
- Government employees including contractual workers.
- Relatives of soldiers and policemen who died or are injured in the line of duty.
What are the required documents?
- Any valid ID of the patient.
- If the patient has any representative, any valid ID of the representative as well as an authorization letter signed by the patient.
- Prescription of the Doctor that is within three months from the date of issue. It should bear the full name, signature, license number and phone number of the doctor.
- Proof of being indigent, like Barangay Certificate of Indigency or certificate coming from the Medical social service of the hospital.
In which areas are the programs being implemented?
- University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), for NCR Region.
- Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital (JBLMH), City of San Fernando, Pampanga, for Region III.
- Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC), Iloilo City, for Region VI.
- Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), Cebu City, for Region VII.
- Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), Davao City, for Region XI.
- Davao Regional Hospital (DRH), Tagum City, also for Region XI.
How is the program being implemented?
- Gather and complete all the documents needed.
- The patient or his/her representative should bring the prescription to the hospital pharmacy or to any accredited drug store. The pharmacy or drug store will issue a quotation for the required medicine.
- The patient or his/her representative will submit the quotation along with all the other documents to the DSWD Social Worker. The Social Worker will examine the documents and the patient’s situation. If the patient is eligible for aid, the Social Worker will give a Guarantee Letter (GL) wherein the kind and number of medicine, as well as the equivalent value, are written.
- The patient or his/her representative will present the guarantee letter to the pharmacy or drug store. The pharmacy or drug store will then give the free medicine to the person bearing the letter. The pharmacist will take the letter and stamp it with “ISSUED”.
- The patient or his/her representative may again request for free medicine after three months.