When one is gravely ill, relatives bring him to the hospital or clinic to see a doctor for checkup. The doctor conducts the examination and prescribes appropriate medicines.
With the prescription, a member of the family hurries to the pharmacy to buy the medicine. The patient is fortunate. His family is well-off. He can afford to buy all the medicine necessary to cure his illness.
It's a sad story for poor patients
The case is pathetic when it comes to poor patients. They do buy medicine from the pharmacy in cash just like what the rich do. But how they raise the money for the purpose is fraught with pitiful tales and hardships. Losing no hope, they do all things possible to save a life. They sell their only working carabao at a much cheaper price because of an immediate need, mortgage their piece of land or borrow cash from usurers and money lenders.
What about if patient has already disposed his olny piece of land?
Patients are still fortunate if they’ve property to dispose, if their relationship with money lenders are still good and if politicians and philanthropist come to their aid.
Most often marginal people end up with the barest of things, nothing more to sell and nobody to borrow money from because of bad debts. While in this sorrowful financial situation, a member meets an accident and money is needed, what will the family do?
There is no cause for alarm. Think and scan all the possibilities. Consider the fact that you’re still a bonafide citizen and that the government cares for you. Submit an appeal to the Philippine Charity Sweeepstakes Office (PCSO) and other institutions whose mission are to help uplift the economic condition of the oppressed and answer immediate or emergency needs of the downtrodden. Be heard for they will come to your succor.
For your medicine needs, I think the PCSO is just waiting for you to approach them. The PCSO is the principal government agency for raising and providing funds for health programs, medical assistance and services and charities of national character.
Requirements to fullfil
Of course there are requirements that must be satisfied for an applicant to avail of the needed medicine and medical assistance. They are published online for public guidance.
Here are some of the requirements:
1. Letter of request addressed to the Hon.Chairman and/or General Manager
2. Original / or certified true photocopy of medical abstract duly signed by the attending physician (Note: Include physician’s license number)
3. Prescription duly signed by the attending physician with costing from the hospital pharmacy included.
4. Photocopy of Identification Card with latest picture of the requesting person with his / her signature indicated at the back
In cases wherein medicines are unavailable from the Hospital / Pharmacy, a Certificate on unavailability of medicines from the Hospital / Pharmacy must be submitted to PCSO.