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COVID-19 test machine distributor denies allegations of overpricing, monopoly

OMNIBUS Bio-Medical Systems Inc. has denied allegations that it has hoarded and sold overpriced coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing equipment and kits to the national government.

PhilHealth sets COVID-19 package rates starting April 15

THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has set case rate packages for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, which will take effect April 15. PhilHealth,...

PhilHealth regional offices investigating hospitals for fraudulent claims: 80 in Eastern...

THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is cracking down on hospitals for fraudulent claims involving such schemes as “upcasing” and “patient seeking.”

Pressing towards improved health care

More than a basic human right guaranteed by the Constitution, health is a matter of priority here in the Philippines. Several efforts have been...

UHC Law will take 3 or more years to implement, says...

PHILHEALTH President Ricardo Morales admits that nationwide implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law will take a few years to take effect, citing funding and capability issues.

PhilHealth officials face graft at DoJ

GOVERNMENT agents filed graft charges against 21 officials and employees of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for allowing a company to do business with the government despite findings of fraud.

Senators scold PhilHealth for lack of safeguards

SENATORS on Wednesday scolded officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for failing to enforce safeguards against fraud.

QC court junks Wellmed estafa cases for lack of jurisdiction

A QUEZON City (QC) court has dismissed for lack of jurisdiction the estafa charges against an officer of WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center Corp. and two whistle-blowers in connection with the “ghost dialysis” claims.

House seeks PhilHealth probe

MINORITY congressmen have sought an investigation of alleged corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Angara seeks probe on PhilHealth to protect UHC funds

A SENATE investigation on the “ghost dialysis” claims involving the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), among other concerns, has been formally sought in a resolution filed by Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara.

Retired army general appointed as member of PhilHealth board

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has appointed retired army general Ricardo C. Morales as member of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Board of Directors, representing the indirect contributors.

Lacson flags PhilHealth office in Duque’s building

SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson flagged a possible “conflict of interest” on the part of Health Secretary Francisco H. Duque III after the senator learned that a PhilHeath office in Region 1 is established in a building owned by the Secretary.

DoH secretary says he did not misuse OWWA funds

DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) Secretary Francisco H. Duque III denied claims made by Senator Panfilo M. Lacson that he was involved in the misuse of government funds during his term as PhilHealth president, saying that these were resolved in his favor years ago.

PhilHealth execs could be reappointed—Panelo

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte may reappoint the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) board members whom he asked to resign if they will be cleared of any involvement in irregularities in the agency.

PhilHealth execs asked to resign as probe starts

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has asked the board members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roy B. Ferrer, to turn in their resignation, according to Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence T. Go.

Duterte orders detailed report on PhilHealth irregularities

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has directed the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to file criminal charges against its officials involved in the funding of “bogus” kidney dialysis treatments.

What you should know about HMOs

For a vast majority of Filipinos, falling sick is unacceptable. The demands of daily life are often too rigid and unyielding to allow for...

Duterte signs law mandating PhilHealth coverage for all PWDs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a measure that requires the government to automatically enroll all persons with disabilities (PWDs) into the National Health Insurance Program.

Some PhilHealth claimants exempted from 60-day rule after system upgrade

PHILIPPINE HEALTH Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) claimants, whose applications were filed online and with the 61st day falling within Aug. 6-31, have been exempted from the 60-day filing rule in consideration of a systems upgrade undertaken by the agency.

House approves PhilHealth coverage for PWDs

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill that will provide for mandatory PhilHealth coverage of persons with disability (PWD).

House bill on PhilHealth coverage for PWDs approved on second reading

By Charmaine A. Tadalan A bill seeking to provide mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) coverage of persons with disability (PWDs) has hurdled second reading...

De Lima seeks probe of PhilHealth’s P4.75-billion net loss in 2017

Senator Leila M. De Lima has filed a resolution seeking investigation on the P4.75 billion net loss incurred by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp...

New PhilHealth chief named

MALACAÑANG ON Monday, June 4, announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the nomination of Dr. Roy B. Ferrer as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).

Palace to probe PhilHealth finances, expenditures

THE PALACE said on Tuesday that it will investigate the alleged multi-billion peso losses of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth), including the travel...

For a healthier nation

Although the public and the private sectors have made tremendous progress in improving the health of Filipinos, many of whom are now enjoying longer...

DoH addresses rare diseases

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman WHAT COMES to mind when you hear of a rare disease called “Maple Syrup Urine”? Some may think that...