Top Ten Illnesses in the Philippines, Based on Philhealth Claims Paid

Alam nio ba na nearly 300,000 persons in the Philippines were hospitalized or treated in a medical facility for pneumonia in 2010?

Ano ba ang pneumonia? Ang pneumonia ay pagka-infection ng baga dahil sa germs — puedeng bacteria o virus. Itong sakit na ito ay serious at puedeng ikamatay kapag hindi naagapang gamutin.

Here are the top illnesses based on the number of Philhealth claims paid from January to December 2010.  Data was sourced from the Philhealth website. Note: Technically, No. 4 and No. 6 are, of course, not illnesses.

Rank Illness Number of Philhealth Claims Paid
1 Pneumonia 295,390
2 Chronic renal failure 261,131
3 Diarrhea and gastroenteritis 205,707
4 Single spontaneous delivery (Normal childbirth) 182,688
5 Other disorders of urinary system 125,319
6 Liveborn infant care 113,484
7 Primary hypertension 77,900
8 Dengue haemorrhagic fever 71,611
9 Acute upper respiratory infections 69,492
10 Senile cataract 66,347

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These are the symptoms of Pneumonia:

  • High temperature
  • Coughing, could be with pleghm or could be without
  • Phlegm can be white and frothy or yellow green
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Blue nails and blue lips
  • Hallucination

If you experience the last four symptoms, you should go to a doctor, clinic or hospital immediately.

What causes pneumonia?

You get pneumonia if germs enter your lungs and multiply there. They could be bacteria or viruses.
The most common bacteria are the pneumococci.

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