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Monday, November 19, 2012

Urgent Financial Help Needed for Kidney Transplant

Many say that compared to other countries, the cost of kidney transplantation in the Philippines is cheaper. But for me, it is still very expensive. As early as the screening phase, the cost of the tests is like that of having one major surgery.

Tissue typing, Panel reactive antibody and tests for CMV and EBV is already very heavy on the pocket. That is why I thank my cash donors for their generosity as their donations really helped. There are still other tests to be done. And there are also tests for the donor like tissue typing and crossmatching among many others.

PHILHEALTH will really be a ray of sunshine for patients like me though. One thing I have to share is that there is this P600,000 Z package of Philhealth which can be availed for the meantime in only selected government hospitals. In Cebu, one can avail of this package at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. Included in the said package are payment for hospital services such as hospital room and board meds and laboratory exams, operating room and professional fees for the entire course of treatment, including mandatory and other services required per illness. But one must qualify for the said package and I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Despite Philhealth, the cost still is very high since the Z package is good only for 1 year of posttransplant medications. I have to think of the anti-rejection meds. And I will have a nephrectomy prior to the transplant which will cost me even more.

The usual kidney transplant in the country based on my research is about 3 million pesos. Unfortunately, my salary as a teacher is not enough. 

And so now I humbly appeal to my Facebook friends, colleagues, former students, online and offline friends to help me have a second chance in life. I wish to continue molding future medical doctors. I wish to continue educating through my blogs. I want to see my students graduate and become successful physicians. I still want to see my dog wagging his tail with excitement when he sees me. I still want to come home to my wife. 

My creatinine is already too high and the sooner I have the surgery, the better the chances of success. My family just can't raise 3 million without others' help. 

1) You may send your cash donations to:
Account name: IVY MATA TAPIA
BPI Savings Account: 1026 9288 02
General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City branch


2) Donate securely through Doc Buboy's fundraiser at

or you can

3) Send funds securely online via Paypal and address your donation to:

or you can find the DONATE button via Paypal in this blog on the left sidebar.

Thank you very much.


  1. hello po,, kamusta na po ang lagay nyo. i hope ok naman po.. same case din po ang husband ko.. pero dpo xa member ng philhealth. tanong ko lng po sana pag nagpa member po ba xa at nakapagbayad ng six months contribution makaka avail din po ba xa ng packge para sa kidney transplant? pls reply po

  2. Heto ang guidelines ng philhealth ukol sa transplant z package

    Parang 3 months contribution lang ata kelangan based sa pdf document. Pero nalilito ako kasi sa ibang kaso, payment of at least 9 months gaya ng nakalagay dito sa FAQ nila

    It would be best to ask Philhealth mismo. Sa bawat hospital ngayon ay may help desk na ang philhealth sa aking pagkakaalam or you may contact them here

    Hope I was able to help.



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