More than 8,000 indigent Bangsamoro have received medical support from “Ayudang Medikal mula sa Bangsamoro Government (AMBAG) Program” since its implementation a year ago, Bangsamoro government Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said.
AMBAG, a program under the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM), has assisted a total of 8,552 indigent Bangsamoro as about P73 million was already transferred to 11 partner hospitals in the region to subsidize the hospital and medical expenses of Bangsamoro patients who 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 (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) ang may PhilHealth insurance,” Ebrahim said.
“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 the response of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to the pressing public and economic challenges, including medical services, in the region.
The medical services include confinement, medicines, dialysis, implant, laboratory, radiation therapy, medical devices, assistive devices, non-and minimal procedures, transplant, rehabilitative therapy, and surgical supplies.
After its introduction in November last year, Ebrahim said 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.