Abdul Rahim Janael, a four-year old boy, whose parents are from Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, survived – thanks to Duterte Administration's Philhealth Z-Benefit Package for Congenital Health Conditions.
"President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Health (DOH), through PhilHealth, helped the young patient, from a less fortunate family, get a corrective surgery with no out-of-pocket (expenses) at all," Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial disclosed.
Little Janael was diagnosed with ventricular septal defect, or a hole in the heart, and went under the knife at the Philippine Heart Center for congenital heart disease treatment on November 11.
The boy is all well and actively playing now.
The government through PhilHealth's Z-Benefit Package for Congenital Health Conditions shouldered the high cost of treatment. The Z-Benefit Package is being offered to PhilHealth members, including their qualified dependents, to address health conditions that trigger prolonged hospitalization and very expensive treatments.
True to his words, the President, through the DOH, is providing Filipinos, especially the underserved, equal access to quality health care and medical services.
"Everyday across the country, we are helping more and more poor Filipinos access quality health care with no cash out," Secretary Ubial added.
Ventricular septal defect is regarded as one of the most common congenital heart defects and entails expensive treatment.
SOURCE: Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)