PhilHealth mess 'unfortunate'

THE alleged corrupt practices by officials of PhilHealth may affect the health provisions supposed to be given to Filipinos, a lawmaker said.

Baguio City Representative Marquez Go said the current controversy involving PhilHealth may affect services given to senior citizens and indigent families supposed to benefit from the universal healthcare law.

The Senate is currently conducting an investigation on the alleged fraud by PhilHealth officials amounting to P15 billion and the projected fund to run out by 2022.

"Both houses are doing their own investigation to find out and be able to address this problem. It's really unfortunate that this thing happened but we should make sure that this would not happen because PhilHealth has a big responsibility," Go said.

Go added he will look into the financial details of PhilHealth in the Cordillera to find out its financial position.

"I do not know the financial position of PhilHealth. We need to look at the revenue that they generate every month, plus the disbursement in terms of the different cases that they have on a regular basis for us to determine if they are actually sound," Go said.

The lawmaker said allegation of corruption sends a wrong message to the members of PhilHealth who religiously pays their contributions.

"Especially now during this pandemic, there are many health-related cases where payment are charged to PhilHealth which is why we need to know these, how much are they collecting monthly from the contributions of employees. For those unemployed, it would be the government that would have to pay and we have allocated funds that will be paid to PhilHealth as far as the premium of none working citizens of the country under the universal health care law," Go added.


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