The Type Z Benefit Package will be implemented nationwide by contracted government hospitals in each region - all of which are training hospitals largely lacking in funds and personnel. The world's 3rd leading pharmaceutical, Paris-based Sanofi-Adventis agreed to extend an 83% discount for their chemo drug Docetaxel (from P40,000 to P6,930). With the advent of PhilHealth members availing of the P100,000 breast cancer package, these government hospitals can now expect a significant market share previously dominated by private hospitals. No longer hindered by costs, their doctors will not think twice in performing mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.
cancer? Invasive or non-invasive?
Aggressive or not?
2. How is a woman’s case said to require
surgery, chemotherapy and radiation?
Modified or radical mastectomy?
4. When chemo is considered necessary, how is a drug chosen? (by availability?) Will it be single or multiple chemo drugs? Will it be done before or after surgery? Will there be an oral maintenance chemo drug to be prescribed or not?
5. When radiation is considered necessary, will it be by linear acceleration or cobalt?
6. And most important of all, has the total course of treatment been thoroughly explained to the patient (including limitations, risks and adverse reactions), not simply having her sign a lengthy form of consent without being fully informed?