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PhilHealth will now pay for kidney transplants


MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will pay for kidney transplant procedures of members and their dependents suffering from end-stage renal disease.

“We are affording every member and dependent with kidney failure the chance to enjoy a superior quality of life. We are now subsidizing the full cost of a kidney transplant procedure up to P600,000,” said Dr. Eduardo Banzon, PhilHealth president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

The PhilHealth benefit can be availed of at specialized centers with proven capabilities for providing first-rate kidney transplant services and care. These are the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City and Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City.

“These centers have excellent track records of more than 98-percent survival rates for kidney transplant patients,” Banzon said.

He added: “We are balancing high-quality service with accessibility. We’re starting with only four centers where members can avail themselves of the benefit, but we have at least one facility each in Luzon and the Visayas plus two in Mindanao. We may add to the four later on.”

“The four centers will apply the ‘no balance billing policy’ with respect to kidney transplant patients from families earning P30,000 or less annually. Patients will not be charged extra expenses on top of what PhilHealth pays. The P600,000 benefit already covers everything, including medication, hospitalization and professional fees,” Banzon said.

“This is our way of giving every member considerably greater value for their money. They will be entitled to a P600,000 benefit in return for premium contributions of as low as P2,400 per annum, or less than P7 per day, by Jan. 1, 2013,” Banzon said, noting that the subsidy would be PhilHealth’s single largest benefit payout ever.

According to Banzon, PhilHealth has members as young as 23 years old with chronic kidney disease.

“While they have their whole lives ahead of them, they have to undergo constant dialysis. Some of them die young. Hopefully, not anymore with this new benefit,” he said.

Some 12,000 Filipinos, or 120 per one-million population, develop kidney failure every year. They have a mean age of 53 years, with six out of 10 of them male, according to the National Renal Disease Registry.

Despite being the “gold standard” of care for patients with end-stage renal disease, Banzon said less than a thousand kidney transplants are performed in the country every year, largely due to the steep cost of the procedure.

With the P600,000 benefit, Banzon sees a dramatic increase in life-saving kidney transplants.

PhilHealth previously covered only up to eight percent of the total medical bill for the procedure.

“With this new benefit, our members and dependents with kidney failure, especially those from poverty-stricken households, can readily avail of a transplant procedure and look forward to more productive and fuller lives,” Banzon said.

The leading causes of kidney failure among Filipinos are diabetes, inflammation of the kidneys and high blood pressure.

To stay alive, patients with end-stage renal disease have only two treatment options—lifetime dialysis or a one-time kidney replacement.

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Tags: Dr. Eduardo Banzon , end-stage renal disease , kidney transplants , PhilHealth , Philippine Health Insurance Corp. , Science & Health

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002429095535 ‘Allen KaRen Suarez

    panu po magavail nito…ano iaaply ko sa philhealth??may account aku pero napabayaan..panu kaya yon???kelangan na kelangan po nmin tulong ngaun… pakicontact n lang po aku karenallensuarez@yahoo.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HQWHNVVPXWQTZXAGUKJUI772EE Haching Mitsu

    Hindi ko alam kung matutuwa ako sa balitang ito dahil mga mayayaman lang naman ang makikinabang nito kasi ang mga mahihirap di naman nagpapa kidney transplant, hinihintay nalang mamatay.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KQ3DYZP5GWHYFQOAVUT4X6JCY Sal

       kasi di naman sila nag aapply ng philhealth

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ALKESJ6WGQJERE32UCMRDDBHIE Ali Vergel

    Ganito talaga pag hindi corrupt ang namumuno… Salamat po

  • http://twitter.com/rmcampos01 Kristian

    Finally. Pinoy’s gift to his poor and marginalized fellow pinoys. Mr President, you have my respect and great belief in your leadership. For so long , I thought poor and marginalized Filipinos will never see the day where they will be taken care of by their government. Mabuhay po kayo Pangulong Aquino. Saludong saludo ako sa inyong klase ng pamumuno.


    THE average charge of a respectable Kidney surgeon is about 2,000,000 per case, all inclusive. With 600,000, all inclusive, SANA naman…sana,  mayroong mga surgeons na hahaluan ng pagkakawang-gawa ang professional fees nila.


      Not likely. Masahol pa ang mga doctor sa mga buwaya. Ang racket nila …. may sisingilin pa rin sila sa patiente bago pirmahan ang hospital release form…this is on top of what they will receive from philhealth…..I know this first hand dahil eto ang na experience ko!

      • UrHONOR

        TOTOO yang sinabi mo.  Pag na sa hospital ka at sisiputan ka ng kahit na anong Dr na hindi mo naman inaasahang dumating, mahina ang 10,000 just for appearing in your presence kahit na walang ginawang kahit na ano maliban sa tatanungin ka ng, “How are you?”.  Totoong naaaapakagandang raket ang pag-do-doktor.  Hindi ang pagtulong o paggaling ng pasyente ang na sa isip kundi kung paano sila makaka-raise ng monthly amortization sa MB na binili nila. Ganun na din ang mga abogado….hindi katarungan ang habol nila kung magkano ang masisingil o kaparte nila sa kaso.  Mga saliwa ang prinsipyo sa buhay!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DEP577LCPBXVR4XMEA6UIHVX3M Pinoy Backpacker

        TOTOONG-TOTOO talaga yang sinabi.  Kapapanganak lang ng misis ko at ang total hospital bill ko ay umabot ng kulang-kulang P90,000.  P57,000 dito ay napunta sa PF lang ng mga doctor.  OK na nasa, kaso nung hiningan ko na ng resibo, sinisingil pa ako ng another 12% ng PF, at ang sabi sa akin ng sekretarya kasi yon daw ang sabi ng accountant ng doctor.  BIR, tama po ba ang narinig ko?  Ganito ba talaga ang kalakaran ng panggagamot sa Maynila???  Ang sa-swapang ng mga doctor na ‘to! Tanungin nyo magkano sweldo ng mga kayod-hanggang-buto na mga nurses.

      • ROVEN DINO

        I sometimes wonder why its called the hippocratic oath….is it because its sworn by a bunch of hypocrites??? 

        A noble profession corrupted by a bunch of unprincipled a$$holes….

      • UrHONOR

        NURSES….PHP340/da.  Para na ding kalesa….kabayo ang kumakayod, kutsero ang humahagupit at sumasahod.  Lalo na ang mga coemetic surgeons…..hindi lang tabo-tabo ang kita, kundi balde-balde pa na hindi naman nagbabayd na sapat na taxes kundi token lang.  HINDI din NAGBIBIGAY ng resibo.

      • dgboy

         wow ano yan normal delivery?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KQ3DYZP5GWHYFQOAVUT4X6JCY Sal

       well try mo kaya magpaaral ng anak na doktor hanggang maging specialista

  • PolarBear

    great news!

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