SPMC Journal of Health Care Services

The Kidney Transplant Program of Southern Philippines Medical Center

SPMC J Health Care Serv. 2017;3(2):8 ARK: https://n2t.net/ark:/76951/jhcs39a7hg

Ria Luengas,1 Jaryll Gerard Ampog,2 Clarence Xlasi Ladrero2

1Professional Education Training and Development, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Bajada, Davao City, Philippines
2Research and Publication Office, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Bajada, Davao City, Philippines

Correspondence Ria Luengas, riafortugaliza86@gmail.com
Received 30 December 2017
Accepted 30 December 2017
Cite as Luengas R, Ampog JG, Ladrero CX. The Kidney Transplant Program of Southern Philippines Medical Center. 2017;3(2):8. https://n2t.net/ark:/76951/jhcs39a7hg

Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) started its Kidney Transplant Program in 2004. To date, a total of 106 kidney transplant procedures have been performed in SPMC, involving 28/106 (26.42%) female and 78/106 (73.58%) male kidney recipients. The average age of the recipients was 42 years old (range: 17 to 72). From 2004 to 2012, an average of five kidney transplants were performed in SPMC per year. In 2012, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) listed “End Stage Renal Disease Eligible for Kidney Transplant” as one of the conditions covered by the Case Type Z Benefit Package1 2 and included SPMC among the first contracted hospitals to provide kidney transplant services under the package.3 The benefit package offers a flat amount to cover the entire course of health care for the condition—from medical evaluation of donor and transplant candidate, to transplantation surgery, to initiation of immunosuppression and anti-rejection therapies, and to post-transplant monitoring of donor and recipient.2 The PhilHealth Z Benefit Package made kidney transplant services more affordable to patients who need them. SPMC started implementing the package in 2013, and since then, an average of 14 kidney transplants have been performed in SPMC per year. By 2019, SPMC will open the first Kidney Transplant Institute in Mindanao. It will be a dedicated state-of-the-art facility that will provide better access to health care among Filipino patients with end-stage renal disease who need kidney transplant services.



Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Ms Angeli Joyce Apostol, Ms Dianne Vi Mosqueda, Ms Ann-Sherlee Dela Cruz, and Mr Garri Angsinco of the Kidney Transplant Unit in Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for providing the main data used in this infographic and for patiently answering our questions. Many thanks also to Ms Amelia Lorejo, Ms Encarnacion Tabanao, Ms Maricar Carreon, Mr Alcris Becinilla, Mr Lorenzo Jose Fanadero, and Dr Federico Fuente of the SPMC Billing Section, and Ms Lani Paler and Ms Rhialyn Dumaquita of the Health Information Management Department in SPMC for providing additional data and information used in this report.

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