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Solons scold PhilHealth for failure to pay hospitals

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The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) continues to draw the ire of lawmakers as the agency is still yet to settle a bevy of insurance claims from hospitals that have and continue, to provide treatment for Covid19, among other illnesses.


With the failure to settle their debts being an issue since last year, solons no longer have any patience for the state-run insurance agency’s delays in paying private hospital claims, calling it “inexcusable”, as the effect on the hospitals is dire.


Senator Grace Poe instructed PhilHealth to formulate an “aggressive catch-up plan for due reimbursement of claims” before health care institutions are left with no other option but to downsize, or at the extreme, shut down entirely.


Poe said that the people cannot afford to “take a heavy beating from the pandemic”, referring to both frontliners and the general public.


Additionally, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara brought up the fact that millions of citizens have a certain amount deducted from their wages annually, on top of the fund set aside by the national government amounting to P70 billion, for PhilHealth.


He further stated that the Anti-Red Tape Authority investigate PhilHealth’s delays in claims reimbursement.


Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros implored those private hospitals that are facing challenges due to PhilHealth’s delays, to hold off on cutting ties with the state health insurance body as numerous marginalized Filipinos would not be able to seek care from them when needed.


The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. recently announced that a significant percentage of private hospitals nationwide have already expressed their certainty that they will not be renewing their PhilHealth accreditation amidst the issue.


Given that the national government will always ensure that PhilHealth is well-funded by virtue of the Universal Health Care law, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque explained, PhilHealth must make good on its mandate to settle the claims of private hospitals, in order for them to continue treating those in need.


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