The Philippines ranks 28th in the world for Coronary Heart Disease deaths according to the World Health Organization (2015). In Cavite, it ranks number one in the ten (10) leading causes of deaths in the province. This means that out of every 100,000 population, 101 patients die of heart disease according to the Cavite provincial statistics for 2016.
To reduce the incidence of cardiac-related mortality, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), popularly known as heart bypass surgery, is performed to treat patients who have severe coronary artery disease that could lead to coronary artery-related deaths. The average cost of CABG in the Philippines amounts to around P700,000.00 to P1,000,000.00. In order to cope with this healthcare concern, DLSUMC was enthused to apply for accreditation with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to cover CABG at a more affordable price. Z Benefit means the maximum benefit that Philhealth can offer.
On August 6, 2018, DLSUMC launched the Z Benefit Package for CABG in the presence of De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute (DLSMHSI) President Br. Gus Boquer FSC, Vice Chancellors, Hospital Directors, Managers and Medical Consultants and the PhilHealth LHIO of Imus Social Insurance Officer, Mr. Benjamin Rodil, Jr. and Credit and Accreditation Supervisor, Ms. Presciosa Marie Alba. DLSUMC is the first hospital in Region IV-A (as per PhilHealth division of regions) to be accredited by PhilHealth for the Z Benefit Package for CABG. Qualified PhilHealth members can avail of the maximum coverage of P550,000.00.
From a total estimated cost of almost P1,000,000.00 for a heart bypass procedure, with the Z Benefit Package, the patient will be asked to pay only P350,000.00. PhilHealth will pay an additional P550,000.00 to cover for the rest of the expenses, including the doctors’ professional fees and post-operative cardiac rehabilitation.
Realizing the reduced quality of life and the limitations in physical activities of cardiac patients, undergoing CABG will improve the patient’s quality of life and over-all health, not to mention a remarkable improvement in the patients’ lives.
Having PhilHealth’s Z Benefit Package for CABG is a big leap towards providing affordable, comprehensive and competent life-saving medical procedures. DLSUMC continuously looks for ways to give compassionate, competent and collaborative healthcare services to the community.
For further inquiries on the Z Benefit Package for CABG, please contact us at (046) 481-8000 or (02) 988-3100 local 1220.