How to Apply for PCSO Medical Assistance Program and What are the Requirements?

When my aunt was hospitalized and eventually had her one leg amputated, the PCSO had been a huge help to the family.

She was able to avail of the financial assistance from PCSO that helped her pay the hospital bills. PCSO also gave additional financial assistance when she bought her wheelchair and prosthetic leg.

We are all aware of how much hospitalization and medical expenses can cost now and we’re grateful that there’s PCSO who’s willing to help and serve people in need.

If you are currently suffering from an illness and your resources are not enough to pay your medication, you can actually ask for help from the PCSO.

What is IMAP?

One of the programs that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) offers is the Individual Medical Assistance Program or IMAP. The main goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to all individuals with health-related problems through a guarantee letter.

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A guarantee letter is issued to the hospital or partner health facility where the patient had availed of the medication or services. This guarantee letter assumes the obligation of a specific amount due to the patient, but it’s not necessarily the full amount due.

The amount of assistance is based on the classification system established under the program.

Who can request for PCSO Medical Assistance?

All Filipinos with health-related needs may request for financial assistance from PCSO. You may either apply personally or through a representative provided you qualify in the following criteria:

  • In-Patients or those confined in any health facility
  • Out-Patients or those who are receiving health care management outside the health facility
  • Filipino Patients seeking management in foreign countries (if no health facility within the Philippines is capable of providing such procedure

What Health Services are covered by IMAP and what are the Requirements?

The IMAP covers the cost of hospitalization confinement, medicines, chemo drugs, dialysis solutions, and other medical needs of patients.

To apply and avail of this program, you need to submit the general documentary requirements and the additional requirements specific to your needs which you can find below.

General Documentary Requirements

  1. Duly accomplished PCSO IMAP Application Form
  2. Original/Certified True Copy of the updated Clinical Abstract duly signed by the attending physician with license number
  3. Valid ID (Patient and Authorized Representative)
    • Government issued ID
    • Company ID
    • Student ID
  4. Authorization letter from the patient and Social Case Study in cases where there is no immediate relative available for interview

Specific Requirements

1. CONFINEMENT

Patients who are currently admitted or have been discharged with promissory note duly acknowledged by the health facility may avail of the PCSO medical assistance program.

Requirements: 

  • Hospital Bill or Statement of Account signed by the Billing Officer (original copy)
  • Endorsement Letter from the Medical Social Services of the Hospital or Health Facility for charity or service patients
  • PCSO IMAP Application Form – must be completely filled-out (you can get this from the hospital or at PCSO)
  • Updated Clinical Abstract – original or certified true copy and duly signed by the attending licensed physician
  • Valid ID of the patient and representative

2. DIALYSIS 

Patients who are undergoing dialysis such as Hemodialysis and Peritoneal (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis or CAPD), may avail of the PCSO Medical Assistance program.

Requirements: 

  • Endorsement or Certificate of Acceptance of PCSO Guarantee Letter (If the hospital or health facility has a PCSO desk, this may not be required anymore)
  • Official quotation from service provider
  • Relevant laboratory results
  • Certification from Dialysis Center

3. CANCER TREATMENT – Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy

Cancer patients who are undergoing therapies such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy may apply for PCSO medical assistance program.

Requirements: 

  • Laboratory Results
  • Histopath / Biopsy Report (photocopy)
  • Prescription duly signed by the attending licensed physician (original copy)
  • Progress Notes from the Oncologist
  • Endorsement or Certificate of Acceptance of PCSO Guarantee Letter
  • Official quotation from service provider

4. MEDICINES

The PCSO also provides assistance for medicines such as Anti-rabies, Factor 8 and 9, Psychiatric, Post-transplant or post-operative, Antibiotics, and Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG)

  • Laboratory Results
  • Histopath / Biopsy Report (photocopy)
  • Prescription duly signed by the attending licensed physician (original copy)
  • Progress Notes from the Oncologist

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5. SURGICAL SUPPLIES

  • Official quotation with breakdown of expenses
  • List of operating room needs/supplies

6. IMPLANT (Bone/Cochlear)

  • Official sealed quotations from three (3) suppliers
  • Copy of the physician’s order with implant specification
  • Police Report (for medico-legal cases)
  • Date and schedule of operation
  • Copy of the result of relevant procedure i.e. X-ray, CT Scan and MRI

7. LABORATORY/DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES

  • Official Quotation from service provider with breakdown of expenses
  • Laboratory request duly signed by physician with license number

8. MEDICAL DEVICES (Pacemaker/Septal Occluder/PCI)

  • Official sealed quotations from three (3) suppliers
  • Copy of result of procedure, i.e. 2D echo, ECG and Angiogram

9. HEARING AID

  • Official sealed quotations from three (3) suppliers
  • Audiological Evaluation Report signed by a licensed Audiologist

10. WHEELCHAIR

  • Official sealed quotations from TahanangWalangHagdan
  • One (1) whole body picture

11. PROSTHESIS

  • Official sealed quotations from three (3) suppliers

12. PULMONARY APPARATUS

  • Official quotation from service provider

13. NON- & MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES

  • Endorsement/Certificate of Acceptance of PCSO Guarantee Letter (GL)
    (Shall no longer be required in the case of facilities where the PCSO Desk has been established)
  • Relevant laboratory result
  • Costing of procedures

14. TRANSPLANT

  • Relevant laboratory result
  • Cross-matching result
  • Certification of patient’s inclusion in transplant program from authorized representative of National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), if applicable
  • Relevant Philhealth tracking number certification
  • Costing and breakdown of transplant expenses

15. REHABILITATIVE THERAPY (Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy)

  • Official quotation from service provider with breakdown of expenses

Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) Online Appointment

The online appointment system for IMAP Application is limited to securing a schedule for processing of documents or interview. Preferred date of appointment is dependent on the existing manual appointment scheme of Charity Assistance Department.

Printed IMAP Application form is A MUST together with the original documentary requirements should be submitted on the date of appointment schedule at Radio-Onco Building, Lung Center of the Philippines at 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Please take note that online appointment is on a first come, first served basis and one time transaction only per assistance or request is accepted.

Click here to set appointment for IMAP online application.

Guarantee Letters

The PCSO issues guarantee letters to partner hospitals, health facilities, or service providers. This is how they provide medical assistance to patients who need it.

To validate the guarantee letter issued by the PCSO, click here. Then, enter the Guarantee Letter Number.

At Source Ang Processing (ASAP)

This project of the PCSO aims to assist the agency in the implementation of the IMAP or Individual Medical Assistance Program. With this project, a PCSO Desk will be available in the hospital or health facility to handle and evaluate requests for financial assistance from their own patients.

As of December 22, 2017, 57 hospitals around the Philippines have PCSO ASAP Desks.

PRIVATE Hospitals in Metro Manila

Caloocan City

  • MCU-FDMTF Hospital, Inc.

Makati City

  • Makati Medical Center

Mandaluyong City

  • Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center (VRP)

Manila City

  • Hospital of the Infant Jesus
  • Manila Doctors Hospital
  • Manila Med (Medical Center Manila)
  • Mary Johnston Hospital
  • Metropolitan Medical Center
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Jude General Hospital and Medical Center

Muntinlupa City

  • Asian Hospital and Medical Center

Paranaque City

  • Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Mission, Inc. – Our Lady of Peace Hospital

Pasay City

  • Adventist Medical Center Manila

Quezon City

  • Capitol Medical Center
  • Delos Santos Medical Center
  • FEU-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Med. Ctr
  • P. Sioson General Hospital and Colleges, Inc.
  • Providence Hospital, Inc
  • Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City
  • UE-Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center

San Juan City

  • Cardinal Santos Medical Center
  • Martin de Porres Charity Hospital

Taguig City

  • Medical Center of Taguig City, Inc.
  • Luke’s Medical Center – Global City

GOVERNMENT Hospitals in Metro Manila

Caloocan City

  • Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital

Las Pinas City

  • Las Pinas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center

Manila

  • Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital
  • Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • Tondo Medical Center

Marikina City

  • Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center

Muntinlupa City

  • Ospital ng Muntinlupa

Pasig City

  • Rizal Medical Center

Quezon City

  • AFP Medical Center
  • East Avenue Medical Center
  • Lung Center of the Philippines
  • National Children’s Hospital
  • Philippine Children’s Medical Center
  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Quirino Memorial Medical Center

Taguig City

  • Taguig Pateros District Hospital

PROVINCIAL Hospitals

Private Hospitals

  • Albay – Jaime B. Berces Memorial Hospital
  • Batangas – Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Inc
  • Davao – Brokenshire Integrated Health Minitries, Inc.
  • Davao – Davao Doctors Hospital
  • Bulacan – Castro Maternity Hospital and Medical Center
  • Cavite – Dela Salle University Medical Center
  • Cavite – Dominic Medical Center
  • Naga – Universidad de Sta. Isabel Health Services Department
  • Zamboanga del Sur – West Metro Medical Center

Government Hospitals

  • Batangas – Batangas Medical Center
  • Bulacan – Bulacan Medical Center
  • Cebu – Mandaue City Hospital
  • Davao – Davao Regional Medical Center
  • Davao – Southern Philippines Medical Center
  • Zamboanga del Sur – Zamboanga City Medical Center

The medical assistance that the PCSO provides through the IMAP is really a huge help to Filipinos. Don’t hesitate to seek help from the PCSO if you need financial assistance related to your health needs.

Let’s also allot a portion of our savings to health insurance. Let’s not just rely or depend on PhilHealth or PCSO’s medical assistance because they’re not enough. Having a good health insurance coverage will also help augment your expenses in the event that you get sick or hospitalized.

Prevention is still better than cure. While some institutions like the PCSO and PhilHealth are there to help, it would be better if we also take good care of our health. Being healthy is one of the best gifts that we can give to ourselves. So, let’s strive to be healthy and fit this year and beyond.

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If you’re struggling financially and you don’t know where to get money for your medical expenses, know that there’s PCSO who’s willing to extend help financially.

Don’t lose hope. Don’t feel overwhelmed. Trust God and cast all your worries to Him. I pray that all your problems be solved at the right time, in His time.

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Comments

  1. Adelaida T. Bultron says:

    Good day… Humingi po kami ng tulong sa PCSO last July 7 namin nagamit para sa CtSCAN.
    Ngayon kailangan pa po ng patient mag MRI. Itatanong lang po namin lung anu ano po ang kakailanganin namin? O kung maari na po ba kaming humingi ng tulong. Possible po bang ma grant?

  2. Carmae jane tenchavez says:

    Pwede pa po ba kamiag apply kung nakagamit na c mama ko ng assistance sa bill nya last july 14, tapos for chemo po kac sya kac may cancer po sya nakita sa biopsy po. Pwede pa po ba kmi humingi ng assistance pra sa chemo nya sa july 27 po?

  3. samantha gubot says:

    pwede po ba kami humingi ng tulong wala po kasi kaming budget para sa dialysis ng papa ko, peritonial dialysis po sya! tsaka mga medicines po at injections. sobrang mahal po kasi ng capd solution bag nya parehas pong walang trabaho mga mgulang ko mula nung magkasakit si papa last june lang. salamat po!

  4. Ethel Audrey Pasquin says:

    hello po.. nag advice po saakin ang doctor ko for balloon valvotomy po gusto ko po sana na ako nlng po ang mag aasikaso ano po una una ko po na gagawin?

  5. Maria faustina llorente kitane says:

    Good afternoon. I am Maria Faustina Llorente Kitane.I would like to inquire if we were able to pay the bill completely thru loans, can we still avail of financial assistance from PCSO??Thank you..

  6. Hello, Alam ko po every 30 days or 45 days after ng assistance nila pwede magapply ulet. Cross check niyo po.. for the paid expenses parang hindi na po, dapat hindi pa paid lahat ng bills pra makapag grant sila. Thank you

  7. jessica dela roca says:

    Gusto ko po sna humungi ng tulong kc po next week.. Magpapagmot n po mama ko sa baguio.. She undergo chemo and radiotherapy… We need financial assistance .. Plsss help us. Aq po ang anak ng patient

  8. Good morning poh.Maam iyong anak ko po may sakit sa puso need namin siya dalhil sa manila heart center pero taga gensan po kami..pero hindi namin kaya yong pang gastos sa hospital.

  9. Elvie flaviano says:

    Hello po pwede po ba ang raspa sa pcso? Wla po kasi pambili ng gamot or pambayad ng bills. Hhingi po sana kami ng tulong.

  10. Bakit po kaya 11,000 lang ang na-grant para sa Tatay ko out of almost 400,000 bill. Nasa ICU po siya halos 2 weeks na ngayon. Ikaapat na confinement na po niya since May. Almost a month po ang 3rd confinement po nya.

  11. Frondozo ma.salvacion elna says:

    Hello po,
    Puede baka makahingi tulong,ooperahan ang mata ng asawa ko.dahil may diabetic retinopathy sya..nxtweek po siguro skedule nya sa cebu doctprs..salamat po

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