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Makati yellow card holders get free hospital admission kits

Makati yellow card holders get free hospital admission kits

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Makati Mayor Abby Binay has ordered the Ospital ng Makati to start the distribution of free admission kits to Yellow Card patients who are confined at the city-run hospital.

The admission kit, which contains essential items for use of patients during confinement, is the latest addition to the benefits enjoyed by members of the Makati Health Plus program, also known as Yellow Card.

Binay said the kit was aimed to provide immediate relief to Yellow Card patients so that they would not need to spend on basic items upon admission to the hospital.

“We want to spare them the trouble of spending for basic needs. The amount they will save can instead be used for other urgent needs,” the mayor  said.

OsMak medical director Dr. Vergel Binay said the city allocated some 11,893 admission kits for distribution to beneficiaries, ideally upon admission as an inpatient.

Each kit comes in a transparent plastic bag and contains a digital thermometer, face towel, calibrated plastic cup, medicine cup, kidney basin, bathroom soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, spoon and fork, a roll of tissue paper, and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol.

Yellow Card holders and registered dependents are entitled to free outpatient consultation and subsidized hospitalization and diagnostic tests at OsMak, which recently earned its ISO 9001:2015 certification. They can also be referred to partner-facilities like the Makati Medical Center to avail themselves of specialized medical and diagnostic services that may not be not available at OsMak, using their Yellow Card.

The card also gives them access to free medicines, including maintenance medicines for hypertension, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases, distributed through eight pharmacy outlets in strategic locations throughout the city.

Through an agreement signed by the mayor with a private company last year, Yellow Card beneficiaries with kidney diseases have been able to receive fully subsidized dialysis treatments in private freestanding dialysis centers in Makati and other nearby locations.

Meanwhile, the primary health care needs of residents are being provided by 26 barangay health centers, supported by six satellite laboratories linked to OsMak.

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