Philhealth to subsidize kidney transplant starting this month PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:31

Good news to all Philhealth members! Starting this month, the government’s premier health insurance institution will be subsidizing kidney transplantation that will drastically reduce its costs.

Dr. Michael Abutazil, chief nephrologist of the Western Mindanao Medical Center (WMMC) during the launching of the PIA Media Forum here, said Department of Health Secretary and now concurrent Philhealth Chairman Dr. Enrique Ona announced that they will provide funds to subsidize costs of kidney transplantation in a meeting last April 13.

“We’re very glad that effective June, we will be receiving P628,000 subsidy coming from Philhealth for each transplanted kidney,” Dr. Abutazil said.

Abutazil explained that the subsidy will cover at least 70% of the total costs of the operation, making it extremely affordable for patients to undergo renal transplant.

“In our area, the Western Mindanao Medical Center, the cost of the package is P850,000 If there is a subsidy of P628,000.00, then roughly, the patient will just be shelling out about P160,000 including the medications to be used for the transplantation,” he said.

Abutazil also stressed that this is part of the national government to make renal transplantation accessible to the Filipinos.

“The Department of Health, together with other partner agencies, is really putting this into a reality, making treatment for our renal patient more accessible”, he added.

Dr. Abutazil led a group of Nephrologists in successfully conducting the first-ever kidney transplantation in Western Mindanao, October of last year. Another patient was operated just this March, with two more scheduled operations in line.

“We are happy to inform you that so far our patients are on their way to full recovery. They are still under observation but everything is doing well so far. Our next operation will be on the 25th of this month, then, another one is set next month (July), although there’s no specific date yet,” Abutazil said.