Iloilo mayor Jerry Treñas has called out the state health insurer, PhilHealth’s failure to pay claims totaling P860 million, saying that it endangers the city government’s pandemic response.
He wrote to health secretary Francisco Duque as well as PhilHealth CEO Dante Gierran informing them of concerns that nine hospitals and the city’s molecular lab are facing due to delayed reimbursement. In the same letter, he specified that the hospitals’ and laboratory’s claims reached a total of P860,498,345.28.
Claims owed by PhilHealth are as follows: Western Visayas Medical Center – P349.72 million; St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo – P100.87 million; Metro Iloilo Hospital and Medical Center – P78 million; Iloilo Mission Hospital – P99.64 million; The Medical City Iloilo – P73.44 million; Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital – P38.26 million; West Visayas State University Medical Center – P36.56 million; QualiMed Hospital Iloilo – P30.39 million; and Uswag Molecular Laboratory – P53.57 million.
Though not specified in his letter, Treñas also said that the state insurer had claims to settle with Medicus Center.
He further said that that this was already the third instance he had called the attention of PhilHealth. He said: “More than an acceptable explanation from this agency, we demand answers and solutions as our hospitals continuously suffer from losses brought by [the agency’s] indifference.”
Because of this, hospitals are averse to upping their bed capacity for coronavirus cases, a fact he had informed the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) in a separate letter.