My father (Alberto Villagracia) was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG). He is currently at the hospital recovering from the surgery (thymectomy, median sternotomy). Our HMO is unable to cover all expenses.
The professional fees of the 3 surgeon doctors are too expensive (Php300K for 3 doctors). He has 7 other doctors ( (neuro, pathologist, ENT, Gastro, Anesthesiologist, Cardio, Pulmo) . The hospital bill is already around Php350K without the doctors professional fee.
Because of MG, he is unable to swallow solids and liquids so a nasogastric tube was placed on his nose to his stomach. He has lumbar and cervical spondylosis so his neck and back frequently aches. He has maintenance medications now.
The hospital doesn't allow installment payments or promissory note since we have HMO.
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ABOUT MYASTHENIA GRAVIS (Wikipedia, accessed on June 5)
Myasthenia gravis (MG)
is a long-term neuromuscular disease that leads to varying degrees of
skeletal muscle weakness. The most commonly affected muscles are those
of the eyes, face, and swallowing. It can result in double vision,
drooping eyelids, trouble talking, and trouble walking. Onset can be
From Mayoclinic.org (accessed on June 5)
Myasthenia gravis (my-us-THEE-nee-uh GRAY-vis) is characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. It's caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles.
There's no cure for myasthenia gravis, but treatment can help relieve signs and symptoms, such as weakness of arm or leg muscles, double vision, drooping eyelids, and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing.
Though this disease can affect people of any age, it's more common in women younger than 40 and in men older than 60.