Timelines of Philhealth Z Benefit Package for Standard Risk Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery at the University of the Philippines- Philippine General Hospital

  • Angelica V. Dela Cruz
  • Dioscoro DC. Bayani II
  • Eddieson M. Gonzales
  • Marc Denver A. Tiongson
  • Arnolfo B. Tomas
  • Enrique Malarin Chua II
  • Miriam R. Duena
  • Eric Oliver D. Sison
  • Paul Ferdinand M. Reganit
  • Felix Eduardo R. Punzalan
Keywords: coronary artery disease, coronary bypass graft surgery, national health insurance, Z package


Objective. The study evaluates the clinical profile of patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) Z Benefit Package (PZBP), as well as time intervals between PZBP screening, approval, and timing of surgery.

Methods. A review of medical records was done to collect data on time intervals between the screening process and Philhealth approval in CABG patients under PZBP. The clinical profile and surgical outcomes of patients were also evaluated.

Results. Sixty-three patients were included from March 2017 to December 2018. Most patients were under 61-70 years old. Hypertension was the most commonly observed comorbidity. Time intervals were analyzed including identification for surgery to eligibility screening (2–217 days, median 25 days), Philhealth approval (8–266 days, median 20 days), and surgery (9-403 days, median 33 days). Postoperative atrial fibrillation was seen in 22.58%. The most commonly observed complication prolonging hospitalization was pneumonia.

Conclusion. This is the first local study which evaluated the timelines of PZBP. Results may be use as basis of follow up study in the future for identification of an acceptable timeline intervals. Several modifiable factors affecting time intervals were identified for further improvement of healthcare services. The leading cause of increase length in hospitalization were HAP and AF.


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