Here’s a list of the top 20 illnesses or causes of hospitalizations in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2011, based on the number of health insurance claims paid by Philhealth.
Pneumonia and chronic renal failure were still the top 2 illnesses in the first quarter, compared to the top 20 illnesses for the whole of 2010. The ones that increased in rank were classic dengue (from No. 13 to 8), dengue haemorrhagic fever (from No. 8 to 7), and amoebiasis (from No. 17 to 15).
|2||Chronic renal failure||68,739|
|3||Single normal spontaneous delivery of child||55,519|
|4||Diarrhea and gastroenteritis||53,282|
|5||Liveborn infant care||36,565|
|6||Other disorders of urinary system||33,057|
|7||Dengue haemorrhagic fever||31,101|
|8||Dengue fever (classic dengue)||21,716|
|9||Primary (primary) hypertension||21,212|
|10||Acute upper respiratory infections||18,553|
|13||Gastritis and duodenitis||14,637|
|14||Chronic nephritic syndrome||13,458|
|16||Malignant neoplasm of breast||11,875|
|17||Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers||11,608|
|20||Single delivery by caesarean section||9,767|
Note: Data was sourced from the Philhealth website.
Despite the high occurrence rate of pneumonia in the Philippines, as shown in the high number of Philhealth claims, pneumonia is not the top cause of death in the country. This means that pneumonia is being successfully treated.
The Number One cause of death in the Philippines in 2007, the most recent data, was heart disease. Second most prevalent cause was cerebrovascular disease. Pneumonia was the fourth most prevalent. Pneumonia refers to inflammation and congestion of the lungs due to bacteria, viruses or other irritants.
Chronic renal failure, the illness with the second highest number of Philhealth claims, was part of the tenth most prevalent disease group causing death in 2007, consisting of diseases of the kidneys.