Following its feat of staging the first open heart surgery in a local government hospital last month, the Ospital ng Muntinlupa now hopes to make the service more accessible to the public.
OSMUN director Dr. Edwin Dimatatac said the city government-owned hospital aims to have the Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting surgery as a routine service for qualified patients.
Dimatatac explained that while the surgery is performed routinely at tertiary level private hospitals and national government institutions such as the Philippine Heart Center and Philippine General Hospital, the logistics and discipline involved in the service in an LGU-owned hospital setting remains almost impossible to deliver.
However, he added that OSMUN has attracted the much-needed roster of specialist doctors and health professionals to affiliate with the local hospital, enabling compliance with the requirements of PhilHealth to be a contracted hospital for its Z-benefit CABG package.
“Ospital ng Muntinlupa has applied as contracted hospital for PhilHealth’s Z-benefit CABG package, and when approved by the PHIC Board, Muntinlupa residents may need not to travel elsewhere for the surgery and may need only to co-pay a very minimal and much lower amount compared to other hospitals,” Dimatatac said.
The OSMUN director also noted that the local hospital will also provide the PhilHealth CABG package without any co-pay for qualified “No Balance Billing” patients.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has committed to support this initiative in bringing quality health care service to Muntinlupeños.
Last Dec. 19, a team of cardiologists performed a four-hour CABG surgery on a 61-year-old man, the first such surgery patient at OSMUN, and was discharged after seven days from admission without any complication.