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The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will now cover more hemodialysis sessions for those with kidney diseases to lessen the financial burden of its members and dependents.

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PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Alexander Padilla said that coverage for hemodialysis will be expanded from 45 to 90 sessions per year. From the previous case rate amount of P4,000, it was reduced to P2,500 per session to increase the number of session per year to 90.

The PhilHealth approved the expansion due to the increasing incidence of kidney diseases in the country.  According to the World Health Organization, kidney diseases ranked 8th among the top 10 causes of death in the Philippines and 15,900 Filipinos died due to kidney diseases alone.

The adjusted PhilHealth coverage of P2,500 per session includes payment for facilities and professional fees of attending physicians. PhilHealth members and their dependents can avail themselves of this benefit at accredited free standing dialysis centers and hospitals nationwide.

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