Abby vows to continue ‘unlimited dialysis treatment’ for Makati residents

Published April 30, 2019, 5:36 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jel Santos

The unlimited dialysis treatment for Makati City residents at private facilities will continue, Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay said Tuesday.

She said that the unlimited dialysis treatment is under the enhanced medical benefits for Makati residents.

In 2018, the local government partnered with various medical institutions in order to allow Makati residents with Yellow Cards to get dialysis treatments in private dialysis centers in the city, and nearby locations. The local government shoulders the cost of the treatments.

“We have allotted a P4,500-subsidy for each dialysis session of qualified patients to cover costs in excess of the current PhilHealth coverage. Through the Yellow Card, Makatizens with impaired kidney functions now have unhampered access to timely and adequate treatment,” the mayor said.

She said the Yellow Card extends to cardholders the full range of medical benefits, from subsidized hospitalization to dialysis treatments.

Before, the Yellow Card only covered up to 10 dialysis sessions, in addition to the current maximum PhilHealth coverage per patient of 90 sessions per year, which is P2, 500 per session.

Aside from Ospital ng Makati (OsMak), Binay said, residents can now get treatment from other facilities because of the partnerships.

“Our patients now have access to alternative service providers outside the Ospital ng Makati, and they need not worry about out-of-pocket expenses anymore,” she said.

OsMak data revealed that there were 223 qualified patients who were able to avail themselves of the outsourced services as of end of December 2018, for which the city paid around P38.8 million.

Under the current program guidelines, should the total bill for a session exceed P5,000, dialysis patients will only have to pay a flat rate of P500 as the city will shoulder the rest.

Dr. Vergel Binay, OsMak medical director, said the city has allocated P101.2 million this year to subsidize both in-hospital and outsourced hemodialysis sessions of Yellow Card patients. The said amount is meant to cover around 26, 750 sessions with basic dialysis package, and provisions for additional supplies, and services.

He said that there are currently about 80 patients being served at the OsMak hemodialysis unit, while around 250 patients have availed themselves of the outsourced services.