"In July 3, 2012, in line with Kalusugan Pangkalahatan or our Universal Health Care program, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. launched the PhilHealth Z benefit package for catastrophic illnesses to ensure that qualified Filipino patients have access to kidney transplantation," said Health Secretary Dr. Enrique T. Ona, who delivered the opening remarks during the summit.
Developed by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.
and Novartis Healthcare Philippines with NKTI
as the implementing reference hospital, the Z kidney transplant benefit package provides qualified PhilHealth members with access to research-based immunosuppressant treatment, including induction therapy.
The package provides the largest benefit of P600,000 that includes pre-transplant evaluation for the recipient and donor, hospitalization during the operation, and one month post-transplant follow-up for the recipient and one year post-transplant follow-up for the donor.
revealed that the Z kidney transplant benefit package has been expanded to three more hospitals, one in Visayas and two in Mindanao.
also acknowledged the Transplant Society of the Philippines
for providing kidney transplantation to patients through tertiary hospitals in Metro Manila and three other major cities in the country.
also thanked Novartis Healthcare Philippines for significantly lowering the cost of anti-organ rejection medicines for kidney transplantation in the country.