The House committee on public accounts will investigate the P14 billion advance payment made by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to hospitals for coronavirus treatment.

“We will examine those payments in detail for any sign of fraud and/or overpayment,” Party-list Rep. Michael T. Defensor, who heads the panel, said in a statement on Friday. “We have already asked PhilHealth to submit all supporting documents,”

He said the committee would start with the P1 billion out of the P14 billion, which had been liquidated.

PhilHealth in March enforced the so-called interim reimbursement mechanism that gave health facilities assistance amid a coronavirus pandemic.

An investigation by the Senate earlier showed the mechanism had been used to favor some facilities even if they did not have coronavirus patients.

PhilHealth this week said it had suspended the mechanism pending a review. — Charmaine A. Tadalan