PhilHealth members undergoing dialysis are in for a treat.

March 17, 2015 2:17 am 

MANILA, March 15 — A bill filed in the House of Representatives aims to double the 45 treatment sessions a year coverage for each PhilHealth member under the National Health Insurance Program.

House Bill No. 5403, authored by Rep. Francisco A. Calalay, Jr. (1st District, Quezon City), mandates the PhilHealth to increase the dialysis coverage of its members to 90 sessions per year.

“This proposal will surely lessen the financial burden of Filipinos undergoing continuous dialysis,” Calalay said.

In filing the bill, Calalay cited PhilHealth Circular No. 6, Series of 2006, which provides that availment of dialysis benefits for a member shall not exceed 45 days per year.

He said dialysis is necessary for persons whose kidneys are not able to adequately filter the blood. “For them to have a chance to live productive lives, they must undergo continuous dialysis. Failure to do so might lead to renal failure, which is one of the common diseases of Filipinos,” Calalay added.

In June 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law RA 10606 or the “National Health Insurance Act of 2013.” The new PhilHealth law is the embodiment of the government’s unwavering commitment for its Universal Health Care or the “Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” program.

“The cost of dialysis treatment and medicines for this illness is expensive such that most patients could no longer afford to undergo continuous treatment. Having this bill approved will ease the financial woes of our citizens,” Calalay said.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Health for further evaluation. (PNA)

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One Response to “PhilHealth members undergoing dialysis are in for a treat.”

  1. bryan p. tapayan on March 19th, 2015 4:42 pm

    Sana ma maapprove kaagad yan. Malaking tolung yan sa aming mga nagdadialysis.