The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has once again drawn the ire of lawmakers, this time over reports that hundreds of hospitals throughout the country have not been paid their claims.
Senator Grace Poe stated that hospitals are “battlegrounds in the fight against Covid19” and must be compensated what they are owed by the agency as infections continue to overwhelm them.
Failure to provide timely payments severely cripples the healthcare system’s ability to repsond and function as the pandemic rages on.
Poe shared that hospitals from the region of Western Visayas have already amassed a cumulative value of P800 million in unpaid dues from PhilHealth.
Local officials have said that the debt has only further burdened their healthcare services, which already face a scarcity in available beds, staff, and vaccine doses.
Earlier in the year, PhilHealth was also palced under scrutiny by the Senate after allegations were raised that patients who were forced to stay in outdoor hospital tents and charged P1,000 per hour, were not covered by PhilHealth.
Around the same time, PhilHealth claimed to have enacted a debit-credit payment method that supposedly hastened claims payments and verification.
Lawmakers, however, continue to insist that the state health insurer review their system and come up with solutions to bureaucratic issues that hamper their ability to serivce both hospitals and patients alike.
Photo: The Manila Times